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Knowledge is power when it comes to surviving a scary auto emergency. Try to remain calm and level-headed when faced with the unexpected. Here are some common emergencies and advice to help prepare you before you need it.

Brake failure

Shift the transmission to a lower gear to slow the car down. If you see a curb, rub the tires against it to further slow down. Shift into neutral if you haven't already. Apply the emergency brake. Steer to the side of the road, then switch off the engine. Call for a tow truck.

Flat tire or blowout

Take your foot off the gas, but don't apply the brakes. Turn on your flashers and slowly move to the side of the road, then brake. If you do not know how to change a tire, call for help. If you do know how, proceed only in a safe location.


Take a deep breath and turn on your hazard flashers. If possible, pull over to the side of the road. Assess your injuries before leaving your vehicle. Do not move anyone who is badly injured unless necessary for their safety. Call 911 and begin to document the scene.

Locked keys inside

If you don't keep an extra set of keys on you, call 911 if you are in an unsafe location. If you feel safe, call a locksmith or your roadside assistance service. Check your insurance policy as some cover this emergency.

Out of gas

As soon as you realize you are running out of gas, get your vehicle to the side of the road. Shut off the engine to avoid seizing up the fuel pump. Turn on your emergency flashers, then call an emergency road side service or friend to bring you gas. If those aren't possible, call a tow truck.


Turn on the heater full blast to drain heat from the engine. Pull over to the side of the road, and turn off the engine. Unless you see steam, open the hood to release the heat. Wait 30 minutes before adding coolant. Call roadside assistant or a friend if you don't have coolant. If these options aren't available, call a tow truck.

Keeping your car properly maintained could prevent an emergency altogether. Auto care centers, like National Transmissions, can help identify potential problems during a factory recommended maintenance check such as tire and battery condition. Drive safely.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 12, 2014, 6:12 pm

Your privacy is in important especially in a modern age where information on almost everyone is readily available. Maintaining you online and physical privacy is one of the most important things that you have that you need to protect with a conscience effort. Just how do you protect your privacy when it seems like the world is becoming less and less private, though? What are some steps you can take to ensure that you always hold onto your privacy? Keep reading to find out just a few ways that you can protect yourself and your family from invasions of privacy.

Block Third Party Cookies When Online

Adjust your internet browser's settings so that it does not allow third party cookies to track you when you are online. Company gather and sell the information that is accumulated after you visit sites. You can do this simply by accessing your browser's settings. Always do this on each browser that you use as those with malicious intent can get ahold of private information with a little effort if cookies are left active on.

Install a Fence in Your Backyard

Your home is one place where you should always feel safe and secure, where you shouldn't have to worry about your privacy being invaded. You should be able to relax at home without any worries, and a privacy fence from Lynx Brand Fence Products (Alta) Ltd helps you achieve that. Having fence can protect your land and your privacy by keeping those nosey neighbors at a distance. Installing a fence in your yard is a great way to ensure that your privacy is respected.

Use a Personal Email Address for Personal Emails

Don't give in to the temptation to use your work email address to send out personal emails. Because your company basically owns your work email address, they will be able to monitor anything that you send out. Using your work email for personal use can have a really negative affect in your personal life. If you don't want everyone at your company knowing your business, make the decision to always use a personal email account for sending personal emails.

Ignore Spam Emails

As tempting as it may be to open the types of messages that claim that you have earned an inheritance that you weren't expecting, it is best to just let spam messages be. Don't open spam messages, and never download anything that is sent in them. Don't click the "unsubscribe" button that appears in spam messages, either, as it can lead to trouble.

Invest in a Paper Shredder

You don't want just anyone to read your mail and other important documents after you throw them away, so it is smart to purchase a paper shredder and use that to destroy all paper before it leaves your home. You will be happy that you made the investment as it can protect a lot of sensitive information that you would not want others to be able to access.

Privacy isn't just a dream, it is attainable. You can lead a private life if you just work to attain it, and you can rest in peace knowing that you’re safe and secure both physically and electronically.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
Retirement communities are places with various necessities and amenities that cater to elderly people. There are many activities that these people get involved in every day. It seems like a relatively safe place to stay, but no place is 100% safe. Even the workers and residents in a retirement home must prepare for the worst. Make sure when you look for a retirement community check it out for emergency plans before deciding on where to live.

Falls and Accidents

It seems simple enough to handle a fall, but you could cause more damage if you handle it incorrectly. There are good and bad ways to lift and move injured patients. All nursing home workers must know how to respond quickly and within the scope of their abilities. Based on information from the Sunshine Retirement Living company, all workers need to follow valuable guides. They must avoid getting into trouble with their superiors or the patients’ families.

Theft and Burglary

Every senior resident needs to check out the overall security of the facility. The building managers hire staff members who are not likely to steal from the residents. They install a security system that prevents unlawful entries that lead to thefts and burglaries. Thefts are likely to occur to people with bad memories because they leave things lying around. So, putting careful security measures into place is important.


Every building needs a proper fire prevention and protection plan that includes a regular drill. However, evacuating everyone in an assisted living center is difficult. There are many people in wheelchairs and hooked up to oxygen tanks that need careful assistance. If these people do not know how to get out fast enough, they are likely to die from burns or smoke inhalation.

Natural Disaster

It is not common, but when a storm or tornado comes, it causes more damage than imaginable. Every residential living area needs a detailed disaster plan that includes emergency evacuations and temporary relocations according to Sunshine Retirement for seniors. A major hurricane could do damage that varies from creating a big flood to causing long-term power outage. The patients must still be tended to and receive their medical treatments. No matter what the issue is, there must be a solution written down.

There are all kinds of horror stories that haunt anyone interested in joining a retirement home. Anyone with an ailing parent must ensure that the home and surrounding communities are completely safe. If you work in a retirement community, put a few, good disaster plans into action. The elderly people need as much help as they can get from the workers. Whether you encounter thefts or fires, stay prepared from the very beginning.

Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 10, 2014, 6:16 pm
It’s certainly unfortunate that we live in a world where we even have to worry about how we can protect our families in the event an unthinkable tragedy takes place. But with wars seemingly popping up all over the globe and tensions continuing to rise, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before the next catastrophic event occurs.

By deciding to build an underground bomb shelter, you’re taking proactive steps to ensure that your family will be safe no matter what events happen in the outside world. As you go about designing your shelter, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What kind of tools and equipment does my project need? In order to build the most effective and secure shelter possible, you’re going to have to dig deep by using an excavator, and you’re going to have to haul away a lot of boulders, tree trunks and other organic material. Once you make the decision to build a shelter, it’s probably in your best interest to finish construction as quickly as possible. So you’ll likely need some heavy machinery—not just a shovel.
  • What kind of features do I want my shelter to have? Believe it or not, today’s shelters are essentially underground homes. As you design your shelter, you’re able to choose exactly what kind of features it will have. From a fully functional kitchen to bedrooms with closets, you’ll have to figure out exactly what your needs are so that you can meet them as best as you can. On top of these kinds of features, you also have to consider what kinds of safety features your shelter will have as well. NBC air filtration systems, for example, will make sure contaminated air does not get inside your shelter in the event a nuclear, biological or chemical attack occurs.
  • How big does my shelter need to be? For starters, of course, you’re going to have to determine how big your shelter actually needs to be. You’re then going to have to make sure that your property can withstand that kind of construction. The more you plan ahead and do your due diligence, the easier it’ll be to build your underground bomb shelter.
  • What kind of materials should I store inside my shelter? Shelters are constructions that you hope you never have to use. But in the event the unthinkable takes place, you’ve got to make sure that you can actually live in the space you created. It might be worth your while to stockpile a bunch of canned food and bottled water to make sure that you’re able to eat and drink in your shelter. You also might want to outfit the bunker with board games, televisions, DVDs, books and other items that can be used for your entertainment if you’re forced to live underground for some time.
There’s a reason we are all aware that it’s better to be safe than sorry. By taking the proactive steps and deciding to break ground on an underground bomb shelter, you’re doing all that is within your power to make sure your family is protected no matter what happens. While you can’t prevent a catastrophic event from occurring, you can put yourself in the position to weather any proverbial storm that may come your way.

Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company in Pennsylvania and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 9, 2014, 4:23 pm
Camping is a favorite pastime of many American families. When enjoying a family trip, roughing it in a tent is a thing of the past. Now a camping trip entails sleeping in a Motor home, or relaxing in a luxury cabin. It seems now more than ever we are getting used to comforts in even the most uncomfortable places. Let’s explore some of the features that make us feel like we are being pampered while enjoying the great outdoors.

Pullight Dynamo

This is an item that will work as a flashlight, but also is a way to charge the many electronics you need later. Don’t leave all your connections to the civilized world at home on a camping trip, since this device will help you keep in touch without outlets. The device has a yo-yo string to generate energy, as well as a way to convert all movement into usable energy to charge your devices.

Self-Stirring Mug

Every camper enjoys a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, or a cup of hot cocoa at night, but dealing with spoons around the campfire is a hassle. This self-stirring mug will take care of the stirring needs of any beverage, and keep your drink mix and frothy until the very last drop.

Biolight Camping Stove

Most campers seem to never have enough outlets. What if you are camping where there is no electricity? Devices that need to be charged would soon become useless. With this stove all that is needed is some wood burning to make sure you can keep a charge. As says, energy conversions are making technology possible in even the most remote places. Even big appliances like fridges and Kele fans are becoming more portable and self-sufficient.

Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen

This gadget stores everything you write with the pen electronically. This is a great camping tool, use paper to write down important information, then automatically access what you wrote through your computer. This luxury item makes taking a laptop a need of the past. Some pens even broadcast a Wi-Fi signal. You’ll be able to remember everything you saw without a camera dangling off your wrist.

Three in One Breakfast Maker

This is a perfect camping item that allows for a delicious breakfast of eggs, toast, and coffee using only one appliance.

Portable Ice Maker

Drinks are a necessity when it comes to camping, and no one wants to have warm beverages. With this device you will have easy access to enough ice to even make some scrumptious margaritas.

Camping is a fun adventure to spend quality time with your family. Consider all the small luxuries you enjoy on a daily basis, and explore the possibilities of taking them camping for added comfort and enjoyment.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 8, 2014, 3:10 pm

Killing a spider seems like an easy task, but is it really? You'll be surprised to find out just how ineffective pesticides can be if you're using any. The secret to getting rid of spiders is to know their nature. Here in this article we explain what methods work effectively against indoor spiders. Read along.

Why pesticides won't work

The thing about spiders is that they are not like other insects. In fact they are not really insects, they are arachnids. So, unlike flies and ants that clean themselves using their mouth, spiders do not groom themselves, at least not routinely. They may resort to this if there is something stuck to them like a huge particle. What's more, spiders do not touch surfaces, as they “walk”, with their bellies. It's only their feet that actually touch the ground, ceiling or wall.

So if you want to kill a spider, the best way is to do it directly. Attack it with a shoe, newspaper or a direct spray – whatever weapon you have at hand. However, this can only work if there aren't many spiders in the house.

Reduce bugs in the house

The best way to deal with spiders is to get rid of the things that attract them. As you probably know, spiders are predators. Yes, they feed on other insects. So, if you want to keep them less interested in your house, you should keep other bugs at minimum. What you may not know is that spiders usually hang around lights because lights attract other insects that spiders can consume. Thus—

Keep outdoor lights turned off at night

And just to make it clear – spiders will not feel “invited” to your house when the lights are on, but other bugs will and this will attract spiders.

Patch holes and cracks up

Another great way to keep spiders out of your house is to patch every crack in your house up that spiders can use to find their way onto the premises. Window screens are of greatest concern here. Make sure you replace every window screen which is damaged or torn.

In addition, use caulk around electrical components, cables, wires and faucets, as they are connected with what's going on outside and can be the means for spiders to enter your home.

But apart from this, how do you deal with spiders (directly) once they are already sharing your home with you?

Add some glue to it

House spiders and jumping spider dwell on the ground. A great way to deal with them is to set glue traps out. You can use glue boards. Just make sure you place them next to doors and windows, beneath furniture and in dark corners where spiders are most likely to dwell. Another thing that will attract spiders to the glue trap is a bug glued to it.

The best way to make this work is to pay attention to spiders' common traffic patterns. If you know where they usually dwell and which “paths” they use, this trap can be very effective.

Keep your house clean and tidy

Spiders hide out in different places. The more messy your house is, the more places to hide out in. Which means you should keep clutter at minimum. Never lave leftover food on the table or on the sink. Make sure you sweep the floor after each meal to remove food crumbs that attract other insects such as ants, are saying from Pt Maintenance. Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink for too long.

Additionally, be sure to wipe down counters and shelves regularly, sweep or vacuum the floor and never leave piles of dirty clothes on the floor. Remember: the cleaner the house is, the better.

Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 5, 2014, 12:23 pm
When a major disaster strikes, you want to be ready. Your home can be a fortress that you use to protect your family, but you need to make sure you take steps to turn your home into the ultimate shelter. It's important that everyone can feel safe at home and be protected from whatever may come.


You need an upgraded security system that you can run with a battery or generator. When you have a better security system, you can keep looters out of your house. Also, you can scavenge for batteries to keep the system going.


You need to have a pantry in your home that carries several weeks of food. You want to build this pantry up over time as you do your regular grocery shopping. Filling this room with canned good and dried foods will help keep the family fed. Cycle through the food when it starts to reach it's expiration date and slowly replace what you use so nothing goes to waste.


If there really is a disaster, you want to make sure that the windows are covered. The covering on the windows can prevent wind and rain from coming in the windows are broken. Consider getting dual-pane windows to keep the heat in during cold weather. Also, you may want to use blackout shades that will help to prevent people from looking inside.

Safe Room

You need to create a safe room in your home for the family. These are typically rooms in the basement that do not have outside access. You can store your pantry food in there, and you can keep weapons in the room for your protection. Your family can retreat to this room if something serious happens to the home.

The Fireplace

Keeping your fireplace in good condition is a must. When you are hiding in your home for a long period of time, you will need something to keep the family warm. If your fireplace is in good condition, you can keep the fireplace running all winter to warm the family.


You need to keep a generator in the house that you can run on gasoline or propane. These fuels will be easy to find in the aftermath of a disaster, and the generator can run all your electronics for communication. These generators can also be used to power the home if you can find fuel.

You need to be prepared for a disaster, and you need to be sure that your family has a plan. When remodeling your home or building from scratch, it's important to keep these things in mind. Professional builders can make any room and use almost any material you want.

Informational credit to Alair Homes.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 4, 2014, 6:16 pm
For November 2014, We are going to let two winners pick out their own survival gear. This month the prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Cards!

Do you need a little extra cash to help you with your survival goals? Maybe we can help you with an Amazon gift card. This giveaway is open to everyone so enter.

Check your Bug-Out Bag and see what is missing. Look through your food storage and see what you lack. Maybe you need a book or two that will help you to get more knowledgeable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!

$25 Amazon Gift Card

All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On December 1st we will select the winners.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: November 1, 2014, 5:00 am
Homeowners should have an idea about their quality of water. There are DIY and professional testing methods and treatments available.

Basic Home Test Kits

Water quality test kits are sold at most hardware stores and swimming pool service companies. A typical set includes multiple strips that are soaked in water coming from a faucet. Test kits usually check for the most common parameters affecting water purity such as chlorine, iron, lead, and nitrates. The pH and hardness of water could also be checked. The results are easy to read based on the color changes of the wet strips. At, the EPA provides resources about water quality standards.

Lab Tests

Only professional laboratories can test water for living contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. Homeowners with private wells should have their water tested for giardia and cryptosporidium, two strains of aquatic parasites which cause gastrointestinal problems. If harmful microorganisms are detected, a UV filter must be installed in order to destroy them on contact. Local health departments may offer residents free water testing as a result of any spills and other incidences that cause contamination.

Solutions by Plumbing Companies

Based on water quality test results, a professional plumbing company like Plumb Perfect Ltd and others can install the appropriate filtration and softening systems. A softener is highly recommended for homes that have hard water, which is loaded with calcium and magnesium deposits that lead to scaling of fixtures. A whole house water filter eliminates all types of known contaminants and chemicals expect for microorganisms. Reverse osmosis, sediment and activated carbon technology are integrated into filtration systems that purify water before it's distributed throughout a home's supply lines. For shower heads and bathtub faucets, KDF filters are recommended to remove any traces of impurities that might remain in bathroom fixtures.

Point of Use Filtration

Sometimes, it's most cost effective to install point of use filters instead of whole house filtration systems. For example, ice and water dispensers in refrigerators can be equipped with carbon filters that deliver crispy and cool drinks. Similarly, the kitchen sink could be connected to a small faucet mounted filter or an under counter unit. Such filtration might be best recommended for water that is drunk or used to wash produce. Simple carbon filters eliminate the unpleasant characteristics of Chlorine and other natural metals like iron.

Homeowners have the right to demand water quality annual reports from utility companies. It's also a good idea to follow government safety standards about this issue.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 29, 2014, 5:31 pm
by Shane White

Mr. Beams, an indoor and outdoor LED lighting company sent me this LED Lantern for review.

The Beams LED Lantern with USB Charger seems like a great lantern to have around. It has a bright mode with 3 LEDs that have an output of 260 lumens, and a nightlight mode with 20 lumens output. It also has a USB Charger build in that charged your USB powered device (cell phone or whatever) off 4 D-Cell batteries.


Full Brightness Mode

In this mode, it is quite bright to look at. It is enough light to read or do other tasks that need some light. The 260 lumens of light should last for 30 hours on a set of 4 D-Cell batteries. In this mode, the lantern will shut off after 60 minutes to save battery life warning you after 58 minutes by flashing that it is about to turn off. The control button is easy to use and find in the dark. It is a three way switch that cycles through the three modes (Full Bright/Night Light/Off).

Night Light Mode

The night light mode is much dimmer and can be used to keep you from smashing your toes when walking in the dark. Lets just say that the 20 lumens of light lasts for a long time.


USB Charger

The USB charger is good enough to charge my big smart phone. It can charge several times off the installed batteries. The rubber cover over the USB port sealed it well enough to keep the rain water out and closes in a way that I feel comfortable enough that it won't get water inside.

Weather Resistant

This is easily weather resistant. This lantern is not rated for submersion, but looking at how it is sealed, I would think it would survive if it fell in the river. Don't hold me responsible if you do this and it stops working. I have not tried this personally.

Other Features

I like how flexible this lantern is. It can be configured to be used in a number of ways. It has a nice large sturdy hook on the top that you can use to carry or hang the lantern. The Bottom also has a hook, but it is smaller and plastic. I would be a little more careful with this one. It is designed to fold out of the way and is not weak, but just be careful with it. This hook is here because you can unsnap the top of the lantern and hang it upside down to make the lantern quite a bit smaller and lighter.

Overall, I like this lantern. I have used it quite a bit for things like working on the car at night or whenever I needed a nice bright lantern.

The folks at Mr. Beams are offering anyone who enters the code DOOMSDAYMOOSE at checkout to get a 25% discount off your final order. Nice deal!

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 26, 2014, 6:55 pm
If you’re planning a cold-climate hike or you may be stranded in colder weather, there are a few very helpful tips and skills that will keep you moving in relative comfort. This article will briefly cover the basic materials you should carry with you when traveling in a cold climate and offer a few hints on what skills you’ll want to arm yourself with if the going gets chilly.

Carry It Along

Whether you’re driving or striking out for an extended hike, there are a few items that could be the difference between suffering from exposure and survival in case of emergency. These include, but aren’t limited to:
  • Water: keep some in bottles in your car or a canteen with a treatment kit with your camping gear.
  • Tinder: matches and an old pill bottle stuffed with dryer lint and sealed in a plastic baggie can be a literal lifesaver.
  • Car Hat: if you live in a very cold climate, keep a blanket, extra pair of gloves, and a warm hat in your trunk.
  • Flairs: again, this works best for car-kits, but in case of emergency, a road flair can provide a guide for any help that may be in the area.
  • Snacks: a few vacuum-sealed snacks never hurt, especially if you’re stranded.
  • Cold climate sleeping bag
  • Survival knife
  • Nesting pots
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit

Skills for Hikers

Along with water, food, and dry tinder, being able to keep your wits about you in the colder climates can save fingers and toes, as well as your life. Be aware of the first signs of frostbite—pinch your fingers and toes to determine nerve activity. Travel specialists from BCMI Mgmt, who encounter many hikers and mountaineers venturing out into the chilly outdoors, recommend always dressing in layers. Start these layers with a lightweight polyester shirt and build outwards, adding sweaters and jackets as needed. Wool will keep you warm, even if it gets wet, but there are a number of other, lightweight synthetic fibers that can be good to carry along, too. Other skills can be life-saving, such as:
  • Fire-building skills
  • Map-reading and interpretation
  • Building a pine-bough mattress
  • Seeking camp sites exposed to sunlight
  • Water purification skills
  • Shelter-building skills
  • Knowledge of hypothermia signs

While you may never be stranded, knowing how to fend for yourself can also enhance intentional cold-climate camping. By educating yourself on traveling lightly while carrying what you’ll need, you can go farther and derive even more enjoyment from your time in nature. It always pays to be informed and prepared, especially in harsh environments where anything can happen.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 23, 2014, 5:13 pm
Winter season is rolling up quickly and you might be faced with a blizzard or two this winter. Are you prepared and ready to deal with a snowstorm? Check out these five ways to make sure you and your family stay safe during a blizzard.

Assess Your Home Before the Blizzard Hits

Before a blizzard strikes, take some time during nicer weather to inspect your home. Check your roof to make sure there are no loose shingles or damaged areas. Check the gutters to make sure they are secure. Put storm windows or weatherproofing plastic in place over windows. Have boards or plywood ready to put in place over the outside of your windows in case a blizzard brings hurricane force winds.

Do you know what your insurance covers if your home is damaged by a blizzard? Contact your insurance agency if you need a quote for additional homeowners insurance or have questions about the insurance policy you currently have.

Have Your Heat Source Inspected

One of the most important things you will need to stay safe and survive a blizzard is a heat source. You need to make sure your main heat source is ready to go. Call in a HVAC technician to check out your furnace or hire a chimney sweep to make sure your chimney or stovepipes are clean and in order.

Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Underwriters Insurance Brokers (BC) Ltd recommends testing every smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home before a blizzard hits. If you don't have any, or enough for every level in your home, now is the time to get them. Put fresh batteries in each detector then test them. Take the time to run through fire drills with your family and talk about symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case the unthinkable happens.

While you are checking your smoke detectors, take a look at your fire extinguishers. Find out if they need to be inspected or upgraded then make sure it happens before bad weather hits.

Stock up on Items You Will Need

Make a list of necessities your family would need if you are snowed in. Stock up on non-perishable food items, bottled water, personal hygiene items, and food for your pets. Bring in additional wood or call for additional gas or fuel oil to heat your home before the bad weather starts. Have flashlights and a battery-operated radio on hand in case the electricity goes out.

Stay Home, Don't Go Out

Finally, one of the most important things you can do to ensure your safety during a blizzard is to stay home and don't go outside unless absolutely necessary. Make sure you are well-stocked with food, personal items, and fuel or wood for heat. If you have to go outside, use a rope to tether yourself to your home so you can find your way back.

Planning ahead and being ready for a blizzard can ensure that you and your family stay safe and sound -- inside. Start planning now, before winter starts, and you will be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 21, 2014, 5:12 pm
Foods (cropped) Food safety is one of the things we barely think about. Most of the time we only wash our hands prior to food preparation. But is it enough? According to specialists, it isn't, and other measures should be taken as well. Check this article for more information.

Why cleaning is important in regard to food preparation

It is vital that all equipment which may be in direct contact with food is kept clean and free of viruses. If a contaminant gets on the food to be processed, it may spread onto it, later causing food poisoning. This is not the only reason why one should keep their kitchen clean.

By maintaining your kitchen you will create a nice working environment. In addition, you'll keep cockroaches, flies and other insects away. Not to mention rats.

If you want to protect your family from food poisoning or contamination, you should not only keep your kitchen utensils and surfaces spotless, but also clean your food. Veggies and fruits should be rinsed well with cold water before consumption. Physicians advise that your soak them in water for about half an hour or so to enable pesticides to get out. Some produce can also be cleaned with vinegar. Just spray a mixture of one part vinegar and three parts of water on fruit and vegetables and rinse well.

In addition, remember to wash your hands well with soap before you start cooking.

What to disinfect

What areas should you disinfect before you start cooking? Every surface that your hands or food are going to be in direct contact with during cooking will need to be disinfected. This includes:
  • Light switches
  • Fridge and door handles
  • Knives and other utensils
  • Chopping boards, slicers and other work surfaces
  • Sink, countertops
Why is sanitising crucial? Most of the time washing is not enough. See, washing removes soil which is easy to see. But there are a number of bacteria that are not visible and should be removed. This can be achieved by sanitation or disinfection.

Paper towels or rags?

According to Global Hygiene Council, a number of bacteria can be found on a cleaning cloth or rag. They conducted a survey, which revealed not surprising but still rather shocking news – many domestic rags and cloths contained E.coli. The ironies of life: homeowners use towels and cloths to clean but unfortunately they only achieve the opposite effect and put their health at risk.

Luckily, there is an alternative to rags and cloths, but it is a bit more expensive. For example, you can use disposable wipes or paper towels. If you find this option too costly, you can just use a sanitiser. Make sure you disinfect all the cloths you use in cleaning every day. Also, think about whether you store them properly. Be sure to sanitise the surfaces they come in contact with. Yet, to clean a surface where food is going to be consumed you'd better use paper towels.

What disinfectants to use

There are to main types of disinfectants to use to sanitise surfaces: Quats (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds) and Hypochlorites (Chlorine based disinfectants). The former are very powerful. They may be the perfect disinfectant-cleaner because they are non-corrosive and don't have a bad odour. They are also very widely available. The latter are very common too. They are cost-effective and very efficient. One of the so called Hypochlorites is bleach, which is again widely used in the household.

When it comes to using sanitisers, you should keep in mind that some of them may need to be diluted. The reason for this is that some chemicals are very concentrated. Always check the label for instructions on just how much water to use, or the product will not be effective.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: October 16, 2014, 5:27 pm
Ebola is a scary word for a lot of people. We worry that we might catch it and if we do that we might die from it. It is a very real threat.

There is no vaccine for it yet but there are things you can do to help avoid it. Some of them are rather simple and others are a little more complicated. It would be a good idea to do what you can to keep yourself and your family safe.

By: CDC Global

The first thing you want to do is avoid the bodily fluids of anyone that has it. This is probably the easiest thing to do unless you have a family member that has it. You would also want to avoid direct contact with anyone who has died from it.

Unless you do have a family member with Ebola or you are a medical worker you probably won't have to worry about coming into contact with anyone who has it for the time being. This could always change in the future so it is important to remember how to stay safe.

Another thing you can do is to avoid wild animals and wild animal meat. They can be carriers and you just can't be too careful with that. The animals you should most likely stay away from are monkeys, forest antelope, porcupines, pigs and fruit bats. All of these animals can carry the disease.

It is also very important that you know the symptoms of Ebola. Once you do you will know if you should go to the doctor or not. You want to be very careful about it because you don't want to assume it is nothing when you really could be carrying the disease.

This is especially important if you have traveled to an area with Ebola. It might even be a good idea to talk to your doctor about it even if you don't have any symptoms. It would be good for them to know that you have been somewhere it was possible to get.

By following these tips you will be helping lower the chance that you will get the disease. You want to be on guard about it because if you do get it you could be in for a long road. It can be scary because a lot of people don't understand it yet and it seems like such a strange disease.

If you have a loved one who has gotten it, make sure you listen to the doctor about what to do. They will know the best way to keep you safe and you need to follow their orders. You don't want to do anything that could increase the chances that you or another person could get it.

Try not to worry too much if you have not been in contact with anyone who has it. Most people will not get the disease and most likely you will not get it either as long as you follow these guidelines.

Aria Meyer is a freelance write and an active blogger. She writes mainly about fashion and technology, but she also writes about other topics too. She is currently working with several ecommerce websites to help them with content. Aria got her Bachelor Degree from Cal State Long Beach and currently living in Walnut, CA. Right now, she is working closely with EMedItems to help them grow the marketing department.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 15, 2014, 5:17 pm
If you’ve just moved near a coast, you know hurricanes come with the territory. But you might not know what you need to do to prepare for the storms. Here is a beginner’s overview of home hurricane preparation.

Start with the Outside

During a hurricane, your home is going to be hit with strong winds and any debris those winds are flinging around. If your windows get penetrated, the winds will be able to enter your home and cause structural damage (like blowing the roof off). There are two main ways to keep from losing your windows.

Storm shutters are your first option. Shutters typically come in metal or plywood varieties. According to USA Today, wooden shutters should be made of marine plywood at least ¾” thick, and need to be cut to fit each window. Remember, the time to install these shutters is before the hurricane is upon you!

Your next option is to install laminated glass or plastic glazed windows. These impact windows, like the windows sold at Storm Shield LLC in Cape Coral, FL, are specially manufactured to be able to withstand the impact of flying debris without shattering. The strength of the windows will also protect your home from burglars once the storm has passed.

Doors, including garage doors, are also weak points on the exterior of your home. Make sure you install doors that can withstand strong winds and torrents of rain.

Don’t Forget the Yard

Part of preparing your home for a hurricane is making sure nothing around it will pose a threat. Here are some precautionary measures to take with your yard:
  • Trim any dead or week tree branches and/or trees. Consider removing large trees that are growing near your home or cars if you think they might get knocked over. Do this at the beginning of hurricane season every year.
  • Put in the garage anything that can be picked up by 100-mile-an-hour winds. This includes garbage cans, patio furniture, lawn decorations, toys, and so on.
  • At the beginning of hurricane season, consider replacing gravel or rock landscaping features with shredded bark or other materials that won’t damage your home if picked up by the wind.
  • Consider installing a chain link fence (also called “hurricane fence,” and for good reason). Since wind can blow through a chain link fence, it is less likely to fall over or be picked up and slammed into your home.
  • You may want to also install a hurricane-proof mailbox.

Inside Your Home

Once the exterior of your home has been fortified, it’s time to turn your attention to the inside. Inside preparations will focus mostly on sustaining you and your family while you are waiting out a storm. Load up on emergency preparedness supplies like drinking water, food storage, clean clothing, and a grab bag in case you have to evacuate.

Here are some of the things to put in your grab bag:
  • important documents including birth certificates, marriage license, social security cards, insurance policies, and so on
  • a change of clothing—including a warm jacket and undergarments
  • personal hygiene items
  • food and drinking water
  • a flashlight
  • first aid supplies
  • cash and ID cards
  • emergency blanket and poncho

Plan for a lack of power while you are waiting out a hurricane. Make sure you have plenty of flashlights with extra batteries. Also stock up on drinking water just in case you lose access to running water. Even if you have shutters and/or impact resistant windows, stay in a room that has no windows to avoid injury if your windows shatter. Move important belongings to the upper levels of your home to avoid damage from potential flooding.

Hurricanes are a force of nature not to be reckoned with. However if you live near a coast, you have no choice. Increase your home’s chances of surviving a hurricane by following these tips.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 9, 2014, 5:19 pm
No homeowner knows if an intruder or robber could break in and take everything. Fortunately, technology has advanced significantly in the fields of home and business security. You can buy a complete security system at an affordable rate every month. Take the right steps to ensure that your house is prepared for the unexpected.


There are plenty of outdoor security lights found in stores like Home Depot and more. Choose from LED, flood and motion sensor fixtures that are easy to have installed. It is never to leave the front or back yard in complete darkness. You can buy energy efficient flood lights that activate only when motion is detected or switch to accent lights.

Security Systems

Research the different types of security systems out there. Look at ones specially made to prevent fires, burglars and trespassers. You can buy the most modern technologies that only allow you to type a few codes into an electronic panel. There is a system that fits every budget and personal safety need. You can even get a 24 hour monitoring team that looks after your belongings whenever you are sleeping or away on business.


Many locks are not tested thoroughly and do not offer the right amount of protection. It is easy to pick most locks on the market nowadays. Kicking in the door is easy if your lock is flimsy. Most homeowners use deadbolts to provide top security, but many different options are available. There are quality lock products and services provided by companies like Affordable Lock Services Inc., an Aurora locksmith.

Fire Prevention Equipment

You need fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire blankets to prevent your house from crumbling to fire. If you have an extinguisher, everyone in the house should know how to use it. If you have a fire blanket, keep it close to common sources of fire like ovens. It is necessary to replace the batteries in the smoke detector every now and then. The U.S. Fire Administration provides many tips about ways to avoid a fire disaster.

Prepare for your home and sanctuary, from the worst. Protect your financial assets because everything could be gone in a flash. A fire takes a few minutes to spread, and a burglar takes less than 30 minutes to operate. The last thing you want is an insurance claim agent visiting your house. Follow these simple tips to stay alert as a property owner.

Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 6, 2014, 5:19 pm
This October, we have decided to give away a couple of first aid kits. Two Adventure First Aid Kits by Adventure Medical Kits to be exact.

This First Aid Kit includes quite a few of the first aid items that you will need in a bag sized that will fit in your Bug Out Bag easily.

First Aid Kit

A Typical Kit Includes:
  • 16 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
  • 1 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 2" x 4.5"
  • 4 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
  • 12 - Bandage, Adhesive, Plastic, 3/8" x 1 1/2"
  • 4 - Bandage, Butterfly Closure
  • 4 - Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
  • 4 - Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
  • 4 - Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 3" x 3", Pkg./2
  • 2 - Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterlie, 2" x 3"
  • 1 - Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
  • 1 - Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
  • 1 - Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (11 pieces)
  • 1 - Bandage, Elastic with Clips, 2"
  • 1 - Cold Pack
  • 2 - Safety Pins
  • 1 - Scissors, Bandage with Blunt Tip
  • 1 - Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
  • 2 - Thermometer, Disposable
  • 1 - Caring for Children in the Outdoors Manual
  • 3 - Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2
  • 3 - Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
  • 3 - Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
  • 1 - Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
  • 1 - After Bite® Insect Relief
  • 12 - Antiseptic Wipe
  • 2 - Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2
  • 1 - Tape, 1/2" x 10 Yards
  • 4 - Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On November 1st we will select the winners.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: October 1, 2014, 5:00 am
Obviously, there is never a good time for your vehicle to break down, but having it occur after dark is just adding to your misery. At that point you are introducing the extra issues of visibility by other vehicles so you don't get hit, personal visibility if you are forced to walk to a roadside call box or work on your car to get it running again, and the decrease in traffic at night, particularly on the lesser-used roads, so your chances of getting help are diminished. If you remain calm and follow a few simple guidelines, you will dramatically increase your chances of successfully dealing with this major inconvenience.

Get Out Of the Traffic Flow

If your vehicle begins to die or you get a flat tire while on a major highway, try to make it to an the next exit; if you are on a smaller road, try to work your way to the breakdown lane or the right shoulder of the road. If you are unable to get off the roadway, do not leave your vehicle.

Stay Visible

Turn on your emergency flashers as soon as possible. To increase your visibility after dark, turn on your interior lights, too. If you have a white piece of cloth or a piece of white paper, roll down the driver's side window and hang it out, rolling the window up to keep it secured in place.

Call For Assistance

If you have a usable signal, use your cell phone to call for help. A towing service like Mike's Auto Towing should be able to respond to your call in a matter of minutes. If you need to use a roadside call box and there is one nearby, use extreme caution when walking along the road and never cross a multi-lane highway at night.

Remain Well Clear of the Highway

If you need to change a tire, for instance, make certain there is no chance of being hit by a passing vehicle while you are working on it.

Personal Safety Comes First

If someone stops and offers assistance, roll down your window only a small amount and ask them to contact the nearest authorities, whether it's local police, county sheriff, or the highway patrol.

Having your vehicle break down at night can be unnerving, but most roads of any size are patrolled regularly by law enforcement personnel, so just be patient. Help will come.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 29, 2014, 5:24 pm
What would you do if a massive earthquake hit your city, knocking out the power, destroying water lines, and damaging most buildings? Would you have what you need to survive? Here are 6 things to get right now so you and your family can survive any kind of disaster.

  1. Drinking Water

    If a disaster were to knock out or pollute our running water, people with their own drinking water would have the best chance of surviving.

    According to the CDC, sealed water bottles are the safest and most reliable way to store water for an emergency. You can also store water in barrels or water storage containers, both of which can be found at either camping stores or emergency preparedness outlets. Make sure the storage container is sterilized before filling it with water. Also be sure that the water you put in the container is clean.

    In addition to storing drinking water, also consider water filtration options. Camping stores are a great resource to help you find hand pumps or purification tablets.

  2. A 72-hour Kit

    An emergency kit will mean everything to you during a disaster. It will keep you healthy, safe, and fed until more help can get to you. Here are the items to put in your kit:

    Food and Water
    • protein and/or granola bars
    • trail mix and/or dried fruit
    • crackers and/or cereal
    • canned foods such as tuna, beans, turkey, beef, etc.
    • candy and gum
    • juice boxes/canned juice
    • one change of clothing
    • a jacket
    • undergarments
    • a poncho
    • emergency blanket
    Fuel, Light, and Equipment
    • can opener
    • dishes and utensils (compact camping kits work well)
    • radio
    • batteries
    • flashlight
    • flare
    • candles
    • lighter
    • water-proof matches
    • pen and paper
    • pocket knife
    • rope
    • duct tape
    • small hand shovel
    Personal Supplies
    • first aid kit
    • toiletries
    • hand sanitizer/soap and shampoo
    • medication (prescription and non-prescription)
    • birth certificate
    • marriage certificate
    • will
    • passport
    • other legal documents
    • important contact numbers
    • vaccination and immunization papers
    • insurance policies
    • credit cards
    Update your 72-hour kit every six months to make sure the food and medication are fresh, and the clothes fit. If you have children, it might be wise to add some small toys or games. Each family member should have their own kit.

  3. A Fire Extinguisher

    A fire extinguisher is good to have in a disaster in case the power lines get damaged and pose electrical hazards. They are also important to have in the home to keep an emergency like a kitchen fire from turning into a disaster.

  4. Small Cash

    Having cash in an emergency can help you obtain help or supplies that you or your family members may need. You don’t want to have your cash tied up in large bills, however, or people will be able to take advantage of your desperation.

    For example, if you need alcohol or disinfectant to clean a wound, but you only have a $50 bill, an individual with the disinfectant may see your desperation and charge you all $50 for it. If you have $1 bills to offer, you can avoid being taken advantage of.

  5. A Meeting Place

    Making a plan ahead of time will help you and your family members stay calm in a disaster and know exactly what to do.

    Designate a place your family members will congregate to after a fire, earthquake, or any other event. Phone lines will likely be tied up in the panic of a disaster, so having a meeting spot will help you keep track of all your family members and make sure everyone is OK.

    Hold a family meeting to go through different disaster scenarios and decide what to do. Type up your disaster preparedness plans and distribute them to each family member. Go through the plans regularly so even the youngest child will know exactly how to handle any emergency situation.

  6. Food Storage

    It’s wise to have at least 3 months-worth of food storage. You don’t have to go out and buy 3 months of non-perishable groceries right now. Instead, slowly build up your supply over time. One way to manage a food storage is to stock up on foods you regularly eat—cans of beans, fruit, and soup; noodles; sugar, flour, and rice; and so on.

    Then constantly rotate the food out of storage as you eat through it. When you go to the store, put the new food in storage and eat the food it is replacing. That way the food will always be fresh and ready for a disaster situation.

    Keep your food storage safe from pests with pest control products like Solutions Self Chem as well as with air-tight containers.

Disasters of any form can be terrifying and life changing. Increase your chance of survival and know exactly how to respond by preparing ahead of time. These six things will help your family handle any situation.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 25, 2014, 5:40 pm
While keeping your family safe is a priority, unfortunate disasters are simply a part of life. Whether it's a weather related event, or a man-made disaster, being prepared means having supplies on hand that will get you through 72 hours, or until the worst has past. Whether it's a self-contained kit or a well-organized closet, it's important to have the following items on hand in the event of a disaster situation.


It's critical to have water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation. For a 72 hour period, 3 gallons per person is an acceptable supply to have on hand. Purification tablets may also be used to treat questionable water sources in the event your secure supply runs out.


Whether it's for cooking or keeping warm, a reliable source of fire is a fundamental necessity during any disaster. Waterproof matches will work even in wet conditions, and disposable lighters are always a good backup.


A 3-day supply of non-perishable foods should be available, or should be a part of your 72 hour survival kit. Since power could be an issue, it's important to stock foods that don't require refrigeration. Canned foods, peanut butter, energy bars, and dried fruits are good examples of what to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Make certain to consider your family's dietary needs, and whether or not you need to feed infants or small children. While this might seem obvious, don't forget a manual can opener and eating utensils.

First Aid Supplies

Homeowners should always have a first aid kit on hand. If you're unsure of what to purchase, most kits are rated for the number of people that may require emergency care. Keep your emergency kit sealed. Purchase a second first aid kit to avoid using your emergency supplies.

Flashlights and Batteries

Keep a fresh supply of batteries and flashlights in your emergency kit. Do not put the batteries in the flashlights until it becomes necessary, as this will ensure a longer battery life.


Having a battery operated radio will help to keep you informed of the conditions as they relate to your emergency. Don't rely on cell phones. You may not be able to keep them charged, and there may be no signal during the emergency.

Most Underwriters Insurance Brokers (BC) Ltd will have a comprehensive list of supplies families should keep on hand in the event of an emergency. Don't forget to mention this list when you're discussing your Vancouver home insurance policy.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 24, 2014, 5:10 pm
A home is more than an investment, it is an essential comfort and a place where people build their lives. There are six things that can quickly damage property regardless of location. Being conscientious of these things will allow homeowners to minimize costly expenses, maintain their homes value over time, and keep their homes looking and feeling great.

DIY Remodeling

Do-it-yourself projects always seem manageable on paper. Seemingly, they require moderate labor and even less cost, when compared to hiring a professional contractor. Unfortunately, even for those ambitious enough to complete a project, they often result in less-than-professional results that can lead to other property damage down the line. The damage could go beyond the property too, and cause injury to those who live in the home. When it comes to remodeling, get the help of professionals to protect your home and your family.


Pets are adorable, but no matter how well they are taken care of, they can quickly cause property damage under a variety of circumstances. Some pets will feel the need to mark their territory all of over your home, causing dangerous odors and bacteria to thrive. Others will scratch the walls and floor, leaving more areas for pests to hide. If you have a pet in the home, take measures to make sure they don't damage the house.

Mice And Other Pests

While there are many pests that can invade your home, one of the most common is mice. They can create a dangerous living situation if not taken care of, so call the experts to be sure they are gone for good. Pests like termites cause structural damage and can go unnoticed without having a property inspected routinely. Some areas have problems with scorpions and spiders. Whatever environment you live in, pest control should be take care of immediately to prevent damage to your home.

Plumbing and Sewer Problems

Some of the most expensive damage to a property can result from plumbing or sewer problems such as blocked toilets, a faulty water heater, under-the-sink pipes and clogged drains. Fortunately, well-maintained systems can help homeowners identify problems early on so that necessary repairs can be initiated and plumbing problems can be remedied before they turn into major structural damage.


Finding mold in a home is troublesome. Exposure to certain types of mold can cause adverse health affects and getting rid of it can prove difficult. If mold is present in significant quantity, a professional service will be needed to get rid of it.


Like mold, weather can also quickly cause damage to property by the sheer force of it. Rapidly spreading wild-fire, floods, hail and lightening, as well as major storms like tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes require a disaster-plan in place to help homeowners recover from large levels of residential damage.

Even though there are many things that can quickly damage a property, anticipating them will help individuals and families respond appropriately so that they don't loose their home.

Informational credit to ICE Pest Control and Wildlife Removal.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 23, 2014, 5:24 pm
Life can be really hard sometimes, especially on those occasions when we are struck by a natural disaster or some unfortunate accident occurs in our home. In such cases we first think about the safety of our loved ones. Only when the traumatic event seems to have come to its end, we realise that we need to take care of our homes, as well. A lot of people tend to resort to professional cleaning companies for the purpose, but if your budget is limited or you just want to restore the previous lustre of your place by yourself, here are some ideas for homemade products that will help you. Moreover, they consist only of ingredients that can be found in every home.

In the first place, I would like to share with you some recipes for universal cleaners that can be used in practically every room. I guarantee that they are all easy to prepare and are extremely powerful. They will make your home spotlessly clean again, eliminating all traces of destruction and anything that might remind you of the unpleasant accident.

Firstly, you will need equal parts of white vinegar and water. Mix them in a sprayer bottle and your cleaner is ready. It is really suitable for cleaning countertops, floors, exterior surfaces of the toilet, tiles, windows, and many more. If the stains are harder to remove, you can heat the solution in the microwave until it is almost hot. This solution is used a lot from companies who offers deep cleaning solutions.

The next universal cleaner I would like to dwell upon contains the good old baking soda. Mix one cup of it with ¼ cup of Borax. Now you have a creamy non-abrasive product that is strong enough to clean all kinds of dirt.

If you want a special solution for your tiles and grout, you can try this one. You will need ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of household ammonia, ¼ cup of white vinegar, 7 cups of warm water. Mix in a container of your choice. I highly recommend to put the water first. Another thing that you need to take into consideration is that the solution should not be placed near anything that contains bleach.

In case you want something even more powerful for your windows, you might want to try the following mixture. You will need 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and your cleaner is ready. Mind you, shake it well every time you use it, for the cornstarch tends to settle on the bottom.

My next suggestion is for your wood laminate. You will need 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar, 1 part 70% rubbing (Isopropyl) alchohol, and a few drops of liquid dishwashing product. Mix the ingredients together and pour in a spray bottle. That is, you will not need a bucket. I guarantee that this product is extremely effective and dries quickly. Moreover, it is generally safe for pets.

And finally, I would like to offer you a solution for dried blood. I really hope that less people would need to clean this particular type of stain, but, unfortunately, those are very likely to occur during a disaster or an emrgency. So if you have dried blood on your upholstery, you might treat it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and 2 cups of water.

These are several cleaners that will certainly help you clean all the mess after all kinds of disasters and other emrgencies. They are all made of ingredients that are surely present in every home, which makes them cheaper than those from the stores. But I promise they are equally effective. And remember, what is most important in cases of natural disasters or other types of accidents is not to panic. Only this way you will be able to find the right solution to cope with the problems that follow them.

Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 22, 2014, 5:21 pm
A plumbing disaster can happen at any time. They take many forms and can involve everything from basement flooding to wastewater backup. You do not want to be caught unprepared for this type of emergency. You can prepare for a plumbing disaster in five ways.

Install a Sump Pump

A plumbing disaster could occur in the basement. Water from an upper floor could rush through your home and enter you basement. You should install a sump pump if you want to be prepared for a plumbing disaster. This pump will activate automatically if water from a leaking pipe or main starts to fill up your basement.

Elevate Appliances and Electrical Systems

A plumbing disaster could send a few inches of water into a room. This is enough water to damage appliances or electrical lines on the ground. You should elevate your appliances and electrical systems in order to prevent this from happening. Raising appliances just a few inches can prevent damage from rushing water.

Keep Buckets and Cleaning Supplies in an Accessible Location

You want to be able to mitigate potential damage when a plumbing disaster occurs. This is why you should keep buckets, rags, mops and other supplies in an accessible and central location. Keeping these items together will let you get to them fast so that you can start catching water or cleaning up puddles that could damage your floors.

Have the Number for an Emergency Plumber Ready

The single most important way to prepare is to have the name and number of a reliable plumber ready. Get the number for a business like Shorty's Plumbing & Heating Inc with emergency service available. Put the number on the front of a refrigerator or program the number into a cell phone. This will let you call the plumber fast if a plumbing disaster strikes unexpectedly.

Stock Fresh Water

A plumbing disaster could affect the water in your home. There could be wastewater streaming through your pipes and fixtures. You want to stock fresh water just in case this happens. The fresh water will allow everyone to stay hydrated until the problem is fixed. A gallon of water for each person in the home is usually enough.

Preparing for a plumbing disaster means looking at your home and assessing where water could cause damage. You want to take as few risks as possible when preparing. You also want to make sure that you can contact a professional plumber the second you realize a disaster has started.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 15, 2014, 5:07 pm
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Disinfecting food before consumption is a great thing to do. It can ensure that your food is safe to eat. Produce can be contaminated in the soil it's growing or during preparation. If the surface you're preparing your food is contaminated, bacteria will spread on it, making it dangerous for you.

Germs that are found in food include E. coli, salmonella, yeast, listeria, and mould. That's why it is important to disinfect all the food before use. Proper handling of produce can make all bacteria disappear. If you don't know how to disinfect food, check this article. Below QualityCleaning Walworth give a few tips to keeping your food clean and healthy.

How to Disinfect Food

What you need:
  • Cutting board
  • Soap or dish detergent
  • Clean cloth/paper towel
  • Knife
  • Produce brush


Before you handle produce, make sure you wash your hands under warm running water for about 20 seconds. Use dish detergent or soap. Then rinse with cold water all the fresh produce and remove any damages or bruised areas. Use a cutting board and knife to cut any rotten areas.

Even if you intend to peel your produce, don't forget to wash it. Produce with a rough or thick shell should be scrubbed with a produce brush. For example, melons and cucumbers.

Rinse well with cold water. Make sure you remove all dirt and debris, then use a paper towel to dry the fresh food.

When you are ready with this step, wash all utensils, adding a dab of detergent. Scrub well and rinse.

Warnings and Tips:
  • Meat and fish products are disinfected during the cooking process. They need to be processed at a very high temperature.
  • When you are processing food such as raw meat, cooked food and fresh produce on a cutting board, be sure to use separate boards to avoid cross contamination.
  • Store produce and meat separately to avoid cross contamination.
  • Make sure you keep your cutting boards, food storage places and kitchen counters clean and sanitised.

Meat and Eggs

It is a well-known fact that salmonella is found in meat and eggs. This type of bacterium can reside both the inside and outside of eggs. The problem is, it's not visible and eggs seem to be normal. If they are digested lightly cooked or even raw, chances are you spend the next couple of weeks in hospital and under quarantine. That's why it's important to cook eggs well and at the right temperature. Salmonella can be killed at 160 degrees F.

Poultry must be cooked until a temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

More tips:
  • It is a wise idea to keep eggs in cool places. The best temperature for them is ≤40° F (≤4° C).
  • Do not keep eggs at room temperature.
  • Always make sure you eat eggs right after cooking.
  • People with weakened immune systems, children and elderly people should not consume raw, lightly cooked eggs or undercooked meat.
  • Symptoms of salmonella include: chills, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headache, abdominal cramps, blood in the stools. If you notice anything like that, immediately contact your health care provider.

How to Wash your Utensils and Tools

Blender gasket should be hand-washed or, if possible, placed in the dishwasher. Wooden spatula can be either placed in the dishwasher or hand-washed. Use hot water and a dab of detergent, Rub well, rinse and dry. Can opener can be washed in hot soapy water. Remove all the debris carefully, then rinse well with water. You can put it in the dishwasher as well. Before you do, scrub lightly.

Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 13, 2014, 3:13 pm
Being a survivalist means being prepared for nearly any contingency possible. Firearms are part of that preparation, whether some of us like it or not. Despite the charming allure of guns and their power over man, they are above all tools, albeit dangerous ones. In a survival situation one may need a varied arsenal of firearms to hunt game, defend their home and practice skills. Much like the great pioneers who once survived for years in the wilds, firearms are something that should be treated with respect. But what makes a good survival gun? In this article we will focus on the handguns available on the market, which may be used in such situations. This list comprises of personal favorites, so it is far from being perfect. I'm sure many of you will disagree with my choices, however one thing remains true in the end: the reasons we love handguns. They are compact, powerful for their size and they are much easier to obtain than most firearms out there. This list focuses on durable and reliable handguns we can use in most situations, working with common ammunition we can find with ease. We begin with a popular law enforcement choice:
  • Sig Sauer P226

    This is a choice for many military and police forces personnel, a very popular handgun around the world as we all know. Its 9mm clip holds 15 rounds, weighing a comfortable 34 ounces when full. You can also find it in .357 and .40 calibers. Retail prices range around $800 to $900, though its quality is something worth paying for.

  • Glock 17

    One of the most popular handguns in the world, larger than the Glock 36, but the most common choice for most law enforcement officers. Weighing 32 ounces and sporting a nice 9x19mm, 17-round clip, it offers reduced recoil and control, becoming a great gun to train beginners. You can find it on the retail market for around $440. You can be sure this gun will be reliable and instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever held a firearm.

  • Springfield XD Service Model

    This service model includes a trigger safety much like the ones in the Glock handguns, offering a familiar feeling when you hold it. It has a beveled magazine well, helping with reload speed of its 16-round magazine. Although it may not be a great precision weapon, it still has mechanical durability and you can still score some tight grouping with the right ammo. Average prices are somewhere around $470 on the retail market.

  • Smith & Wesson .40 M&P

    A polymer-framed .40 caliber light pistol, this gun has a nice and comfortable grip with an equally comfortable grip tang for hand protection. It has a surprisingly low recoil for its caliber and it holds a 15-round clip which offers plenty of ammo. Retail prices are somewhere around $600 for those inclined to buy it.

  • Ruger RedHawk

    A classic, almost Wild West-looking piece with a double-action construction. Made of stainless steel and capable of handling the Magnum load it uses as well as the dangers of the elements. The RedHawk is great for self defense and serving as a back-up weapon. It holds 6 rounds in the .44 Magnum caliber and it weighs around 46 to 54 ounces. Its price varies somewhere around $990 to about $1050.

Written on behalf of: Pimlico home and office removalsHeather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 10, 2014, 5:14 pm

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