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    • Tips for Smooth Summer Sailing

      22 July 2019

      Boat lovers rejoice when it’s sailing season. But if you plan to head out on open water, heed the following boating safety tips from Erie Insurance to make sure you stay safe.

      Inspect the boat. Hoses and other rubber parts may be affected by dry rot. Also, take a look at all the metal surfaces and electrical areas for corrosion. The Vessel Safety Check is a free public service offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron volunteers.

      Check the fluid levels. Just like a car, your boat needs several fluids to run smoothly. Make sure your oil, power steering, power trim, coolant and gear oil are all at satisfactory levels before you head out. 

      Test the battery. If your battery is more than four years old, it's probably time for a replacement. Sailors for the Sea recommends charging and checking for connection corrosion at the beginning of the season.  

      Pack your safety gear. Make sure your boat has all the appropriate safety equipment on board. This includes life jackets, fire extinguishers, visual distress signals, a bailer, an anchor, a first aid kit, a flashlight and a bell or whistle. You should also make sure to bring a fully charged cell phone with you whenever you head out.

      Pay attention to the weather. No one would think of taking a boat out in a thunderstorm. Yet boat owners often don't think twice about other weather conditions that could prove just as dangerous. Avoid boating on exceptionally windy days since waves could capsize a smaller boat or cause passengers to fall out.

      Develop (and communicate) a float plan. This includes all pertinent information to your trip including contact information for the trip leader, the boat type and registration information and where you plan to boat. Give someone at your marina a heads-up, or a family member, especially if you're going somewhere remote.

      Source: Erie Insurance

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    • Road Trip? Do a Pre-Trip Vehicle Check

      22 July 2019

      If you’re packing up the car and heading out on the open road for an adventure, make sure your wheels are up for the journey by bringing your car in for a pre-trip vehicle check. Doing so will help you avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards, and unplanned expense of a breakdown or accident.

      According to the Car Care Council, during a pre-trip inspection, your service provider will do the following:

      - Check all filters and fluids, including engine oil, antifreeze coolant, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and transmission fluid. Ensuring all filters are clean will help avoid performance problems.

      - Replace hoses and belts if any appear to be cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear; hoses and belts are critical to the functioning of the power steering system, the air-conditioning system, the electrical system and the cooling system.

      - Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is tight and corrosion free

      - A thorough inspection of all tires, checking their pressure, tread depth and wear

      By putting your car through this important safety check, you’ll head out with peace of mind, paving the way for good times ahead. 

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    • Keep Your Grill Station Safe

      22 July 2019

      Grilling out is both fun, and delicious - but it can also be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 10,200 home fires per year involve grills, hibachis, or barbecues. To help, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following safety precautions to  reduce fire dangers while grilling:

      Check for safety. Before lighting the grill, do a safety check. Visually inspect the hoses on a gas grill for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.

      Maintain the grease trap. Ensure that the grease trap is clean to reduce the risk of flare-ups and grease fires.

      Outside only. Never grill inside. Instead, keep your grill in a well-ventilated area. Never use a grill indoors, or in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that will burn.

      Keep a close watch. Never leave a lit grill unattended, and keep children away from the grill area.

      Avoid wire grill brushes. Prevent stray wire grill brush strands from ending up in your food. Clean your grill with a ball of aluminum foil or nylon brushes, instead of wire grill brushes.

      Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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    • Water Consumption 101

      19 July 2019

      How much water is enough water, and when do you need more? The recommendations and advice seems to change daily. Here’s what you need to know, from staying healthy, to losing weight, to staying safe in risky situations. 

      The ‘8 x 8’ Rule. A popular recommended strategy in recent years has been to drink eight ounces of water eight times a day. Health experts maintain that this level of hydration provides many benefits, from fueling our energy levels to better brain functionality to helping us maintain a healthier diet. What’s more, it’s catchy and easy to remember.

      Heat and exercise changes the equation. While it seems obvious, many people overlook the need to up their water intake while exercising or in any situation that induces excessive perspiration. Studies show that even mild dehydration caused by exercise or heat can harm brain function, and further dehydration starts to affect physical performance. So an ongoing intake of water during heat and exercise is a must. 

      Water and dieting. Much has been said about the benefits of water when trying to lose weight. While exercise and calorie intake are still the mainstay of any weight-loss endeavor, increasing your water intake can help boost your metabolism a bit. Additionally, drinking a glass of water half an hour before a meal will help curb your appetite.

      Water and caffeine. Some experts have purported that caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and tea, do not count towards your water intake due to their caffeine content. In actuality, the diuretic effects of coffee and tea are very low, therefore, they do count toward your water total - as do other foods that contain water, such as fruits and vegetables.

      Trust your thirst. Basic as it may sound, your thirst is an excellent indicator of when you need to drink more water, so don’t ignore your body’s signals. There are times, however, when you need to go beyond and increase your water intake, such as during intense heat or activity, during gastrointestinal illnesses or when nursing. 

      So keep your water bottle handy and the H2o flowing...your body and mind will thank you!

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    • 3 Starter Tips for Throwing a Fun Pool Party

      19 July 2019

      Pool owners often love to invite friends, family and neighbors over for a seasonal splash. When planning your own pool party, consider the following tips from removable pool fence supplier LOOP-LOC.

      Clean your space. When it comes to a pool party, it’s important to start with the basics. Make sure that your pool is working and clean. If there are leaves or other debris on the bottom, use the skimmer to get them out or, if you're feeling adventurous, dive in yourself and grab them. Double check that your filter, heater, and any other accessories are running smoothly at least a day or two before your party. These are problems that will need at least a full day to solve, so you definitely don't want to run into them the day of.  Following the pool area, ensure that your yard is straightened up. You can start by making sure outdoor furniture is all set to perfection, your lawn is mowed and your garden is on point.

      Set a theme. Now that we've covered the basics, let's dive a bit deeper. A pool party typically doesn't have a theme, therefore, creating one can really take it to the next level and separate yours from the rest of the pack. When choosing a theme, be sure to take into consideration the season and try to choose lighter, more "summery" colors like pink, yellow or light blue (or all three). Once you have picked the theme, start incorporating it into every facet of the party. If the color scheme is pink - think big. Buy pink floats for the pool, pink towels for everyone to use to dry off, get pink accent pillows for your backyard furniture, make pink cupcakes, get pink plates and cups and make a pink drink for the kids (maybe even a separate one for the adults, if you know what we're saying!). Fully incorporating the theme gives the party more energy and a direction.

      Factor in the food. The next important factor is having a tasty food menu. The food can truly make or break a party. During the summertime, grilling is the go-to and is definitely our recommendation. You can never go wrong by making  fan favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled chicken. Keep in mind, it is always important to know your audience, and if you think that they would prefer something along the lines of pizza, then feel free to venture outside the grilling norm! Whether it's the adults or the kids, the dessert at a neighborhood pool party needs to be a head turner. The amount of excitement and energy that is common in pool party attendees will carry over into yummy treats for sure.

      Source: LOOP-LOC

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