Oct 14, 2020 Safety tips for outdoor patio heaters and fire elements

Patio season took on a whole new meaning this year, as people across the country adapted their yards for physically distant visits, playdates, and even outdoor workspaces. If you’re hoping to keep patio season going a little longer, you’ve probably thought about how you might heat your outdoor space as the weather continues to cool down. Some popular options include freestanding or mounted heaters, fire pits, lanterns, and fire pit tables. Keep these tips in mind if you’re planning on installing any type of outdoor heating system: Choose the right location for your patio heater or fire element. When you’re thinking about where you want to install a heat source, think first about where you spend the most time — it probably makes most…

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Jan 17, 2019 10 Essential Safety Tips for Snowmobilers

If you snowmobile, that dusting of fresh powder outside may be calling your name — but it’s important to keep safety in mind to avoid any mishaps and make sure you return to the cabin in one piece. Take note of these safety tips and watch the video below to learn your hand signals before you hit the trails. 1. Dress for success. Dress in layers, with well-insulated, wind- and water-proof gear on top and moisture-wicking materials underneath. If you snowmobile often, you may want to purchase a snowmobile suit instead of wearing a regular snow suit. You should also have a well-fitting helmet, gloves, boots, and eye protection (like a visor or goggles). Avoid wearing naturally absorbent fibres like cotton when you snowmobile, as…

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Aug 28, 2018 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for Students

With the new school year approaching, many students and parents are considering the transportation needs of getting to class, home and various other activities. To help students and parents narrow down their choices, U.S.-based Kelley Blue Book has announced their picks for the 2018 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars. How They Were Chosen Each pick was chosen with safety, affordability (a plus for parents) and practicality in mind. Kelley Blue Book believes this list has something both parents and students will like. “It’s not always easy to get parents and students to agree, but this list of new cars can serve as common ground. When choosing these best back-to-school cars, we started by gathering a list of vehicles with a Kelley Blue Book Fair…

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Jun 21, 2018 Your Guide to Safe Summer Biking

Biking is a great way to get around town, save money on gas, and get some exercise. While you likely learned to ride a bike as a kid, chances are you weren’t commuting across the city to your office job or sharing the road with cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles. While it can be intimidating at first, a little bit of planning will go a long way and help you ride with confidence. Here’s a quick guide to get you out on the road and enjoying life on two wheels. Take care of your bike Just like a car, your bike needs regular maintenance and attention. Ignoring problems will not only cost you more money in the long run, but it could put…

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May 18, 2018 OPP Release Sobering Stats Ahead of Victoria Day Long Weekend

As the Victoria Day long weekend approaches, the OPP are sharing some sobering statistics. Provincial Police say they recorded 48 motorcyclist deaths last year, a 10-year high, and 22 of them were not the at-fault driver. OPP say among the top contributing factors in the deaths were alcohol/drug impairment (six), improper turn (six), excessive speed (five) and fail to yield (five). Twenty-two off-road vehicle drivers died last year, including nine who did not wear a helmet. The same number of deaths occurred in 2016, with the same number of victims found without a helmet. All in all, there were 341 traffic fatalities on OPP patrolled roads in 2017 Police say the leading primary cause was loss of control. “Last year, the OPP saw the highest…

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Mar 11, 2017 Spring Forward ─ A Fire Safety Reminder

The first sign that spring is right around the corner in Ottawa is moving the clocks ahead one hour, and sadly losing one hour of sleep. Health and safety agencies often use the approach of Daylight Saving Time to remind people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms. The Canadian Safety Council suggests you test your smoke alarms ones a year and change the battery every 6 months. Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to check your emergency preparedness kit to make sure it’s fully stocked with enough supplies. If you are asked to evacuate your home or to temporarily shelter in a place inside your home for a period of time, prepare an emergency preparedness kit…

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Nov 4, 2016 Do it for the Safety or Do it for the Savings – Just Do It!

The government of Ontario has made numerous efforts to drive down the cost of car insurance for drivers in Ontario. As always, we support anything that helps our clients save money on their car insurance – especially those initiatives that encourage safer driving. When shopping for winter tires, it is important to look for a tire that displays the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol (Also referred to as the ‘Alpine” symbol) on the sidewall. Transport Canada acknowledges that tires displaying this symbol meet the specific snow traction performance requirements,and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions.A simple google search of “winter tire effectiveness” will give you all kinds of information as to the safety reasons for installing a full set of winter tires…

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Sep 16, 2016 How Close is Too Close When Driving Behind Someone?

We’ve all been there. Keeping a safe distance behind the driver ahead of you, only to be tailgated by someone behind you. You say to yourself, “Man, I wish he would buzz off!” What if this driver wasn’t in a hurry, but was just at a distance that he considered to be safe just like you were with the car in front of you? Some people keep the same distance between someone regardless of the speed they are traveling at. This is a HUGE mistake. Your reaction time is the same whether you’re going 10km/h or 110km/h, however your car will obviously not react the same. There are many factors that determine vehicles stopping distance including, but not limited to; SPEED – #1 factor.

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Aug 24, 2016 Top 10 Best Cars for Students Going Back-to-School

With the new school year soon approaching, many students and parents are considering the transportation needs of getting to class, home and various other activities. To help students and parents narrow down their choices, U.S.-based Kelley Blue Book has announced their picks for the 2016 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars. Each pick was chosen with safety, affordability and practicality in mind and Kelley Blue Book believes this list has something both parents and students will like. “Safety is the paramount decision when it comes to back-to-school cars, practicality and affordability are also high on the list of desirable characteristics, at least according to parents,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “The kids involved also prefer…

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Jul 16, 2016 Bicycle Safety Tips

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity that provides you with an inexpensive way to get around and explore. It’s good for the environment and requires no registration, plates, licences or insurance. With the warm weather and start of the summer for many school aged kids, it is important to learn and follow the rules of the road. As a cyclist, you must share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists ─ just like any other vehicle. You must obey all traffic laws and you have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Helmets By law, every cyclist under the age of 18 must wear an approved helmet and the fine for not wearing a helmet is $75. It is strongly recommended…

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