With the family day holiday upon us this weekend, many folks have booked their winter getaway. Not me, I’m going to enjoy moving snow this family day weekend. But if you are booked for a warm winter vacation be sure that you’ve done a little preparation.
Remember to check the conditions in your house insurance so that you’ve got someone checking the house. Not just shovelling the snow away but ensuring that your furnace has not stopped working or there has been a broken pipe.
With all the snow around and a recent quick melt, it is a good idea to consider moving the snow away from your house at least six feet.
Many folks like to get a little base tan before heading to the holiday destination. According to the research from the Canadian Cancer Society, using a tanning bed offers only three to four per cent SPF (sun protection factor). We all want that golden tan, or do we?
Did you know that using a tanning bed for any length of time before you’re 35 years old increases the risk of skin cancer by 87 per cent? Wow!
So when you are packing for your warm holiday toss in a bottle of sun screen with the swim suit and have a great holiday. But make sure you’ve got something to settle your stomach, headache or those important prescriptions medications.
We can get unsettled in a new place with different foods, lots of activity and yes maybe opportunities to enjoy some night life; it doesn’t take much to become sick. If it is something serious and you require further medical attention make sure your health coverage is up to date. Tour companies and airlines offer packages but ensure you’ve got the right coverage for you and your family. Read the policy carefully and understand what is or is not covered. Those of us fortunate to enjoy time on longer trip to far off places might want to consider vaccinations for that particular country.
Visit your doctor early as sometimes it takes weeks to build up the required immunity or to obtain the required vaccination.
So possibly you’ll be gone long enough to return home to green grass and open golf courses but a reminder to have someone tend to all that snow. In recent week’s I’ve noticed many folks on ladders or even on slippery roofs trying to clear away snow.
Please be extra careful when on ladders and while using your roof rake. Ladders can become slippery or a large amount of snow can come sliding towards you. You should never be up on your roof without proper safety equipment. Have a word with yourself and say self should I really be up on the slippery ice covered roof?
The recent melt may have got us excited that spring could be around the corner. Take precautions now to limit your basement being flooded move snow away from your house. If you live in the rural area consider what might happen if you are in a low lying area with the potential for flooding. Start making preparations now!
It is better to be prepared than to be scared!