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3 Safe Storage Tips For Your Diabetes Supplies

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Safe Storage Tips For Your Diabetes Supplies

Your diabetes supplies are critical to managing your disease and keeping yourself safe and healthy. However, it can be easy to put yourself at risk by not taking proper care of these supplies. For example, you should make sure to follow these three safe storage tips for your diabetes supplies to help prevent any potential safety issues. 1. Keep Supplies Out of Reach of Children First of all, make sure that you keep your supplies out of reach of children and pets. Supplies should be kept in a cabinet or drawer that cannot easily be reached by little hands. If you are particularly worried about your little ones getting into your supplies — such as if your child has a tendency to climb and reach into cabinets or drawers that he or she shouldn’t — make sure that you keep them in a locked box or safe. Insulin can be extremely dangerous, or your child could get hurt by your needles, so you have to take this step very seriously. 2. Handle Needles Properly Your needles should be kept in their original packaging to help keep them sterile so that you don’t have to worry about them being contaminated. This also helps prevent against you or anyone else getting accidentally pricked when looking for your supplies. You also have to think about how your needles are disposed of — they should be disposed of properly through a service that specializes in hazardous waste management. 3. Make Sure Supplies are Easy to Find If you properly maintain your diabetes by going to all of your doctor’s appointments, watching your diet, monitoring your glucose levels and taking your medication as needed, you should be able to prevent most emergencies. However, there is still always the possibility that you could get into an emergency situation in which someone else needs to retrieve your supplies. Even though they should not be within reach of children or pets, they should be kept in a logical and easy-to-find place for an adult who may need to provide you with assistance in an emergency. Consider writing this information down on your refrigerator, for example. Storing your diabetes supplies the right way is important. As long as you remember a few safety tips in mind when it comes to storing your supplies, however, you can help prevent any problems and can help keep yourself and the others in your home...

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Do You Need To Get Your Water Tested?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Need To Get Your Water Tested?

If you run a business that utilizes water in its day-to-day operations or if you’re just a person concerned with the quality of the water that you drink and use in your daily life, you should know that there are ways to determine the safety and healthfulness of the water you utilize. In fact, this- testing water quality- is one of the main focuses of environmental labs. Therefore, if you are concerned about water quality, you can set up water testing through a local lab and bring in a sample for testing. Even if you’re not concerned, you might need to be. Drinking unhealthy water can be detrimental to the health of you and your family, and using contaminated water in industrial practices can put your business and your clients at risk. While it’s smart to have water tested regularly, it’s especially important to send it in for testing if you notice any of the following signs of possible contamination or poor quality. Strange Smells or Tastes First things first, you should always take notice of any changes in your water, especially if you notice a change in the way your water tastes or smells. Odd tastes or smells that appear out of nowhere often indicate the presence of a contaminant. Some of the most common (and often dangerous!) contaminants include: Metal Chlorine Sulfur Environmental labs can quickly, easily, and accurately test for the presence of these and other contaminants, giving you safety and peace of mind. Digestive Issues When people are exposed to contaminated water, they will often exhibit certain digestive symptoms. These symptoms are their body’s way of telling them that something is wrong. If you or others around you are experiencing digestive troubles, such as sudden and unexplained stomach cramps, regular nausea, or bowel problems, and you can’t figure out why, your water supply could be to blame. Testing your water can help you to determine for sure if your water is to blame. Unfortunately, not everyone will notice these signs; sometimes, contaminated and dangerous water may not give any indicators of a problem until it’s too late and people have already suffered its ill effects. Thus, the only way to fully protect yourself and others is to be 100% certain about the quality of the water you are drinking and/or using. Testing through a credible environmental laboratory is the only way to truly ensure safe water; at-home test kits can’t test for all of the contaminants that true labs can. Thus, don’t take risks with your health or the health of those you love. Get your water professionally tested, especially if you have noticed any of these warning...

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Money On The Metal – Making The Best Of What’s In Grandpa’s Shed

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Money On The Metal – Making The Best Of What’s In Grandpa’s Shed

A potentially untapped area of treasure hunting might be your grandfather’s tool shed or garage. In 2010 it was estimated that up to $7 billion worth of recyclable metals was wasted and some of these came from the most metal-rich resource areas in the house: the kitchen, bathroom, living room or garage. The scrap metal from these areas often finds their way into the shed. In fact, it is estimated that there are millions of tons of scrap metal that can be found in such places and these could find new purpose and benefit to you. So if you are sitting on a treasure trove of metals locked up in Grandpa’s shed, here are two suggestions of how they could be of help to you. Let it go It might seem a daunting task to sift through all that metal clutter, but it is possible, especially when you come armed with a magnet. Before you start to imagine being buried under a pile of metals attracted to your handy magnetic sidekick, remember that not all metals are attracted to magnets. This information is what you will need to use to divide and conquer, putting those metals that attract (ferrous metals) in one pile and those that don’t (non-ferrous metals) in another. Ferrous metals such as steel or iron are not as valuable as the non-ferrous metals like copper and brass, so the more non-ferrous bits found, the better for your pocket. Brass can fetch as much as $1 to $2 dollars per pound while copper can range from $2 to $4 or more. Metal prices are rarely fixed so expect some fluctuation as you go. Give it new life The reuse of scrap metals, especially those that are in good condition, is only limited to your imagination. Scrap metal from anywhere in your house or yard can be re-used in a new way to make your decor unique and interesting. It is possible to use such items as a barbed wire to make a picture frame or an old bucket to make a lampshade. Even an old car can be given new life as a bed frame or grill.  These can be done as a do-it-yourself project if you are creative and artistic or even if you can follow the directions available online. However, more complicated designs might require a welder or metal work artist and probably should not be attempted by an unskilled person. Depending on the project, a welder might cost you anywhere from $50 to about...

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Eliminating Mold From Under Your Home’s Eaves

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eliminating Mold From Under Your Home’s Eaves

It’s easy to fall victim to the misconception that a dry house means you don’t have to be concerned about mold. The truth is, even if your home is dry on the inside, that doesn’t mean you don’t have mold growing outside. As these spores start to spread, your outdoor mold problems can quickly become indoor hazards. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that one common source of mold outside your home is underneath the eaves. Since that space doesn’t see much sunlight, moisture can get trapped under the eaves and cause mold growth. Here’s a look at what you can do to get rid of the mold and keep it from coming back. Make Sure You’re Properly Equipped Before you can effectively clean mold away from the eaves, you need to be sure you have the right tools. Mold can be hazardous to your health, so safety is essential. In fact, many people opt to hire mold abatement services to do this for their own protection. Here’s a look at what you need to have if you decide to go it alone. Protective Wear – Don’t work around any mold without making sure you’re protected from exposure. Some varieties of mold are toxic, so it is essential that you take precautions. Wear a pair of vinyl or latex gloves while you’re working and buy a cover-all that’s both disposable and treated with an antibacterial barrier product. You may also want to have a respirator that can protect you from accidentally inhaling mold spores. Tools – Cleaning mold from under your eaves isn’t as easy as grabbing a bucket and a sponge. A pressure washer is the best tool for getting water into the small space under the eaves, because it will have enough power behind it to wash away the mold. In addition, you will need a fungicide or a solution with water and bleach to treat the space and keep the mold from coming back.   Tackle the Mold Growth Properly Once you’ve gathered the supplies you need, you’ll want to approach the cleaning process carefully. Start with the pressure washer. Attach the pressure washer to a water source and set the nozzle so that it has a moderate pressure level. You don’t want to use high pressure spray, because that could damage your eaves. Stand several feet back from the house and spray under the eaves. Keep the water stream moving consistently across the space so that you don’t damage the structure. Leaving the water spray in one spot too long may damage the wood. Slowly work your way around the house until you’ve washed the whole area. Inspect the space under the eaves to be sure there’s no mold left behind. Treat the Eaves to Keep Mold at Bay Create a mixture of three parts bleach to one part water, or mix a fungicide solution according to the package directions. Spread drop fabric or heavy tarps over all of the landscaping under your eaves and against the house. Then, brush the bleach or fungicide solution directly onto the eaves. This ensures that the bleach makes direct contact to disinfect the space and keep the mold from returning. When you are proactive about treating the early signs of mold under your home’s eaves,...

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Are You Struggling To Keep Your Store Clean? A Janitorial Service Can Help

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You Struggling To Keep Your Store Clean? A Janitorial Service Can Help

When you operate a retail store, you want to impress your customers with the cleanliness of your building. Dirty floors and cloudy windows could make it look like you are sloppy and don’t care about your customers or the quality of your merchandise. It’s hard to find time to manage your store and keep it sparkling clean too. That’s why you should hire a janitorial service. Here’s how a cleaning service can benefit you. Keeping The Floors Clean It’s difficult to keep floors clean when your store gets a lot of foot traffic. It’s even harder when it’s raining or snowing. You may need to damp mop during the day and put down rugs near the entrance to trap moisture and dirt. That’s not nearly enough to keep your floors in good shape though. They should be deep cleaned on a regular basis, whether it’s daily or a few times per week. A janitorial service can thoroughly clean the floors during slow business times or after you close. A thorough cleaning involves removing stains, gum, dust, and grime. Depending on what type of flooring you have, the service can buff the floors so they shine or deep clean carpets without you having to store all the necessary equipment in house. Dusting Shelves And Furniture Dust accumulates quickly in a small store, especially if the doors are open most of the day. The last thing you want is for your inventory, cash register area, or customer seating area to be dusty or sticky. It makes it look like your store doesn’t get a lot of business. A janitorial service understands how to cycle the cleaning tasks to keep your store free from dust accumulation on baseboards, windows, light fixtures, shelves, and molding. This is a time consuming task you probably won’t have time to do yourself, but if you let it go, your customers will notice. Cleaning And Stocking The Bathroom A clean bathroom is a joint effort between your employees and the janitorial service. Since customers can make a mess in your bathroom at any time, it should be checked frequently during the day to keep the toilets functioning and the wastebaskets empty. It will also need a thorough cleaning on a regular basis to keep the floor sparkling, the chrome shiny, and the grout lines clean. The bathroom is probably one of the most difficult places to maintain in your store; however, when it’s dirty or messy, it casts your business in a bad light. Customers appreciate walking into a clean space that is well stocked since it shows you care about their comfort. Even if your store is small, it needs deep cleaning on a regular basis if there are several customers coming in every day. You need to decide if you have time to do these tasks yourself, if you want to pay employees to clean, or if you want to hire a janitorial service. Hiring a professional cleaning service is usually the best option, since they have the skills and equipment needed to do a thorough job. Plus, that frees up your employees to focus completely on running your store without the distraction of keeping things clean too. If you’re interested in janitorial services, visit Springs...

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Was Your Home Built Before 1970? What You Need To Know About Asbestos

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Was Your Home Built Before 1970? What You Need To Know About Asbestos

If you just bought an older home, you might have to worry about asbestos, especially if your home was built before 1970. Prior to 1970, asbestos was used in a variety of products, including insulation and flooring. Asbestos is a potentially dangerous substance that can cause serious health issues. Here are a few things that can keep you safe when dealing with asbestos. Where Is It Found? Many people believe that asbestos was only found in insulation. However, it was actually found in many products that were used in the manufacturing of homes. Some of the most common items that contained asbestos included: Vinyl floor tiles Rubber door gaskets Artificial fire logs for gas fireplaces Wallpaper adhesive What Are The Health Implications? Asbestos fibers have been known to cause two very serious and life-threatening diseases – mesothelioma and asbestosis. These diseases are caused when the asbestos fibers are inhaled and become imbedded in the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma This type of lung cancer is usually caused by exposure to asbestos. The asbestos fibers are inhaled and then implanted into the lining of the lungs. Asbestosis Asbestosis is another disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. With this disease, the lining of the lungs become scarred, resulting in shortness of breath. Asbestosis also makes it difficult for blood to be properly oxygenated. While work-related exposure is the most common cause of these diseases, asbestos can still cause harm if you are exposed to asbestos in your home. What Should I Do If I Find It? If your home was built before 1970, it’s important that you proceed with caution whenever you work on your home. This is especially important if you’re going to be in the attic or crawlspaces. For maximum protection, you should wear a face mask and gloves when you’re in the attic. If you find asbestos in your home, it’s important that you not touch it. In most cases, asbestos is not dangerous unless it’s damaged or friable. If you find asbestos, and you can see the exposed fibers, you should close off the area and contact an expert in asbestos removal. If asbestos is damaged, it can cause serious health issues. If you have an older home, it’s important that you take safety precautions when you begin any remodeling or renovation projects. Be sure to always wear a face mask and gloves when working on your home. If you find asbestos in your home, be sure to contact an asbestos removal contractor like Alm Abatements as soon as...

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3 Surprising Benefits Of Home Water Filters

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have considered having a water filter installed in your home, then you may be hesitating purchasing it just to have better-tasting drinking water. While better-tasting and healthier tap water is one huge benefit of home water filters, there are many other benefits to having filtered water in your home that you may not be aware of.  1. Filtered Water Can Improve Your Skin and Hair You may be someone who chooses high-quality skin and hair care products, but you may not think about the fact that you are using them with low-quality water. If your water is hard, or has a high level of contaminants, then think about the money you waste on good products that you use with bad water.  Filtering water that comes out of your tap or shower can help improve skin problems, including some types of dermatitis. It can also help you get more foam out of your products, so you use less and save money in the long run.  If you have ever heard that myth that celebrities bath in bottled water, the truth is that they don’t have to because their water filters can produce water that is just as pure as bottled.  2. It Can Help Your Appliances Last Longer If you have a water filter installed that treats the water of your entire home, which is called a point-of-entry filter, then this can help keep your home appliances free from limescale, which can help them last longer. Appliances that can benefit include your dishwasher, the ice-maker in your refrigerator, your clothes-washing machine, coffee makers, and even your home hot water tank.   Water filtered before it enters your home can even keep your home plumbing pipes in good condition for longer since limescale can build up on them as well, and it is not easy to remove.  3. It Can Help Asthma Sufferers If you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma, then the last trigger you likely suspect is your home water. When water is heated, it becomes airborne steam, as you likely know. Many of the chemicals and contaminants in your home water are not destroyed by the heat, and that includes chlorine. Inhaled chlorine and another chemical in municipal water called called chloramine have been shown to contribute to asthma, and they can even trigger attacks.  Filtering your home water with a multi-stage filter that includes a carbon- filter stage is the best way to rid your home water of these hazardous chemicals.  If you think the only benefit of home water filters is having better-tasting drinking water, then you may be surprised at how many other benefits filtered water provides your family and...

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5 Tips For Saving Fuel When Driving Your Big Rig

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you are an owner-operator or someone who works for a big trucking company, you have probably noticed that your semi truck uses a lot of fuel. Although you’re obviously going to use quite a bit of diesel fuel when going long distances, there are ways that you can reduce the amount of fuel that you use. Doing so will both save you and your company money and will be better for the environment as well: 1. Change Your Air Filter Regularly Changing your truck’s air filter regularly is important for a few reasons. First of all, it will help your truck’s engine operate more efficiently, which means that you will conserve fuel. It will also help keep your engine cool, which will help you keep your truck in good condition. 2. Keep an Eye on Your Tires You put a lot of pressure on your tires on your long hauls, so make sure that you keep an eye on them. Along with changing them regularly or having them retreaded when necessary, you should also check your tire pressure each time that you fuel up. 3. Install an Anti-Siphoning Device Unfortunately, your big rig can become a target for fuel theft if you aren’t careful. Along with keeping a close eye on your truck when at truck stops, you can also install an anti-siphoning device on your tank. These devices are affordable and can be purchased at most truck supply stores, and they prevent hoses from being inserted into the tank. 4. Make Use of “Warm Up” Time When you are allowing your truck to warm up, take advantage of the time to inspect your truck. This will help you find any causes of excessive fuel usage and will help prevent fuel waste from both allowing your truck to warm up and then taking the time to do an inspection. 5. Use Cruise Control Just as you can save fuel in your personal vehicle by using cruise control, this helpful feature can also help you preserve fuel when driving your rig. Plus, it can help prevent tickets and violations and can make driving long-distance a little bit easier and more comfortable. Big rigs sure aren’t known for being fuel sippers, but there are ways that you can reduce the amount of fuel that you use. Follow these five tips next time that you’re on the road, and you’re sure to see an improvement. This reduction in diesel usage is sure to be good for both your wallet and the environment. To learn more, contact a company like United Oil with any questions or concerns you...

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Septic Maintenance

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you own a home, you know the importance of taking care of things to make sure they run properly and last a long time. Your septic is one thing that needs to be regularly maintained in order to work efficiently and effectively. Here are some routine maintenance steps and some precautions that you should take in order to keep your septic running as it should. Pump And Inspect You should have your septic pumped out regularly to remove the sludge that gets trapped along the bottom of the tank. This will allow water to move freely through the pipes to the leach field to break down into soil and fertilizer. The frequency of pumping will vary depending on how many people you have living in your home and the size of septic tank you own. A good rule of thumb is to pump your tank at least every three to five years. If you use more water, you will need to do it more often. Homes with garbage disposals will need to be pumped more frequently, as well. When you have a septic service like River City Septic & Excavating come to your home to pump the waste out of the tank, have them do a thorough inspection of the inside of your tank to ensure there are no problems with the pump or cracks in the tank. They will also check to make sure there are no obstructions in any of the septic lines. Conserve Water To avoid having your septic needing to be pumped more often, you can try to conserve water so that it does not fill the tank faster. When you brush your teeth make sure the water is turned off. If you have any plumbing problems around the home, like a leaky faucet or a running toilet, get these repaired. Using less water will save on the wear and tear of your septic system. Watch What You Flush When you put things into your drains, they will end up in your septic tank. Never put chemicals down the drains as these will cause problems with the bacteria in your septic tank, possibly causing a buildup to occur. When using a garbage disposal, only put biodegradable items inside so they will be able to break down once they hit the septic tank. Avoid putting grease into your drains as this will harden when it gets into your septic tank, making it difficult to be pumped to your leach...

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How To Safety Dispose Of Needles In Your Own Home

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For people who must use injectable needles at home, it’s important that you dispose your needles and any other sharps properly. Needles that are disposed of improperly pose a safety risk to waste disposal workers and others. Here is the information you need to responsibly dispose of needles and do your part to stop the spread of infectious diseases. The Risks of Needle Disposal If you use needles at home for a health condition, simply placing them in a trash bag for disposal carries serious risks. Needles can easily poke through trash bags or containers, exposing waste workers to any diseases that are contained within the needle. There are special dangers present relating to diseases such as HIV and hepatitis, which can be transmitted through a needle. It’s also possible for someone you know to become pricked with a needle while handling your trash, giving you further incentive to dispose of needles the right way. Thankfully, there are a wide array of options for disposing of your needles and sharps. Try to pick a method that works best for you and stick with it. Using a Drop Box or Other Designated Collection Location People who use needles and sharps can bring their used needles to a special designated location. Often, these areas include health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, a physician’s office, and other locations in your community. Usually this service is completely free for you or carries a small fee. You can check with a local pharmacist or your physician for a list of designated drop boxes or locations in your area, and then choose one that’s convenient for you.  Destroying Your Needles At Home It’s also possible to safely sterilize and dispose of your needles directly at home. Certain companies sell devices such as autoclaves or incinerators that can safely destroy medical waste. Devices can melt or burn needles, essentially making the needle safe for normal trash disposal. While these devices require an upfront cost, they also give sharp users a certain level of convenience and peace of mind that makes often them worth it.   Mail Disposal Of Needles There are certain services that allow you to send your needles and sharps through the mail. You will place them in a special puncture-proof container and simply send them to a designated collection site where they are then disposed of. You will usually have to pay a fee for this service, but many find it easier than driving to a drop box or buying a specialized device for disposal. You can check with a pharmacist or your health care provider regarding whether this service is available in your area. Needle Exchange Programs In some areas, it’s possible to exchange used needles for new needles. These programs are available across the United States, and are designed to stop the spread of infectious diseases. Speak with a healthcare provider or pharmacist about whether a needle exchange program is available in your area. The North American Syringe Exchange Network is also a good resource to research your options. With these available resources, you should have no problem properly disposing of any needles or sharps you have, and help avoid any accidents or health hazards that can jeopardize the public in the process. Talk with a medical waste service, like S.H Bio-Waste LTD, for more...

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