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Survival Kits - The Name of the Game!

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Survival Kits - The Name of the Game!

The name of the game is survival and the winner will be the player who was prepared in advance. This is not a game you want to lose. The impact that an unexpected disaster can have on a family is immense and can be devastating. Taking the time to prepare or purchase a great survival kit will go a long way in the event of an emergency situation. What you may need to survive can depend on where you live and the specific conditions of that region. It is best to reach out to your local Emergency Management Agency. They...

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Preparing for a Road Trip

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Preparing for a Road Trip

Making the effort to do a simple pre-trip inspection can save time, aggravation and possibly lives. Use this checklist to reduce the risk of placing yourself in situations that are not safe and can ruin your trip: Check tire pressure (including the spare). Inspect for uneven tread wear and follow your owner’s manual for proper tire pressures and rotation frequency. Take your car to an ASE-certified technician to have tires rotated and balanced.     Test brake lights, headlights and turn signals to make sure they work properly. Change weak or dead bulbs.    Replace worn wiper blades.    Check fluid...

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Summer Heat Safety Tips

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Summer Heat Safety Tips

Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature in a particular region lasting for several weeks is considered to be extreme heat. Each year approximately 175 people in the United States die from extreme heat. Young children, the elderly and those that are sick or overweight are more likely to become victims. Men are also more susceptible to heat illness because they become dehydrated more quickly. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. With extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body has to work extra hard to maintain a...

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Bicycle Safety Tips

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Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycling is a fun, healthy and active family sport. However, it is important to remember that bicycles are not toys, they are vehicles and riders must follow the rules of the road. Following some basic safety tips and rules will make your bicycling adventures safer and more enjoyable. With gas prices at all time highs riding your bike to work or to school is a great way to save and also a good way to get your daily workout in. Basic bicycle safety is common sense but a healthy reminder never hurts. Take the time to teach your kids to...

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Emergency Kits for your Home

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Emergency Kits for your Home

Every home should have an emergency supply kit located in an accessible storage area. Store the items in plastic containers that are easy to grab and carry as you may need to evacuate. 5 gallon buckets like the ones in this image work nicely. Emergency kits should be checked every 6 months and expired items should be replaced regularly. Keep a checklist of all the items in the kit and note the date each item was last updated. This will keep confusion to a minimum when checking the kit. Emergency kits will help you survive during and after an emergency....

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