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  • A Car's Driver Is The Most Important Safety Feature | DGI Direct
    best strategy is to slow down While this may sound simplistic it s the best way to account for the significant disparity in traction He mentioned that ice reduces tires ability to grip the ground by 90 percent often taking 10 times the normal rate of driving distance to come to a complete stop after applying the brakes Something else to be cognizant of is not over relying on a car s safety features As aforementioned technology has made cars safer to drive both in regards to avoiding an accident and keeping injuries to a minimum after a crash However there s a tendency among some drivers to expect that all wheel drive capability for example will make a car impervious to spin outs or skidding This is a performance feature that only allows you to accelerate better said Law It will not help you to steer or stop any better It cannot give your tires more grip but it can mask how slippery the roads really are ABS increase stoppage time needed Additionally Law pointed out that anti lock brakes actually make stopping distances lengthier versus those vehicles that aren t equipped with ABS This means that the brakes need to be applied well before they normally would be under normal conditions Cabs that get warm quickly and defrosters that cut through icy windows and windshields helps make clearing snow off the car a breeze However motorists shouldn t leave their driveways without ensuring that all the snow and ice has been cleared away Law noted that the Highway Traffic Act requires that drivers remove all of the frozen precipitation prior to getting behind the wheel including any that s piled on the roof of the car The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has additional tips on

    Original URL path: http://dgidirect.ca/car-tips/cars-important-safety-feature-driver/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Fire Safety Tips: Stay Safe Cooking This Holiday Season | DGI Direct
    to simmer If something demands attention shut off the burners and come back to it later the guide notes Another common sense principle is keeping cooking utensils away from parts of the kitchen where they can be accessed by little hands and get knocked over or as the brochure says Handy but not too handy Pot handles should always be turned in flammable items should never be on or around a lit burner and cooking utensils need to be away from the edge of countertops Wear cooking appropriate attire Something else that home cooks may fail to fully account for is the attire that they re wearing when preparing meals Especially during a family gathering men and women may want to dress to impress but this shouldn t come at the expense of safety While clothing doesn t necessarily have to be form fitting it shouldn t be overly loose as garments can come into contact with a burner s flame and catch fire Consider wearing an apron that keeps clothing close to the body Sleeves meanwhile should be rolled up Meal preparers typically don t get to sit down and enjoy their company while they re cooking so it s only natural that they multitask by cooking and having a sip of wine now and again The brochure advises that while this is fine partaking in alcohol consumption should be done in moderation as sipping and savoring are the keys to drinking responsibly when cooking Fires frequently derive after mishandling hot items when a person is impaired According to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services there were nearly 800 fatalities caused by home fires between 2002 and 2011 Of these victims 60 percent were between 15 years of age and 64 and 31 percent were older

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  • Health & Safety: Snow Shoveling Tips For This Winter | DGI Direct
    and requires a lot of effort it s important to shovel in an efficient way so that one doesn t have to scoop out the same area over and over again Has snow being cleared from cars For example before shoveling ensure that everything that is snow covered is cleared off The cars no doubt will have a substantial amount of snow on them so it doesn t make much sense to shovel first and then clear off the cars because what falls to the ground will have to be cleared off Once the actual shoveling begins try to remove the snow so that it travels the shortest distance possible As Popular Mechanics Magazine noted in an article about snow removal having to transport a heavy shovel full of snow will sap energy levels So long as the snow being removed is out of the way toss the snow to the nearest point possible Something else that Popular Mechanics recommended is shoveling the foreground of a property followed by the background The magazine noted that it s a good idea to visualize shoveling different areas of a property as though they were in a rectangle To clear snow from a rectangle first shovel a strip clear along the perimeter Popular Mechanics pointed out Then moving from the center to the edge push the snow into the cleared area Next lift and throw the snow out of the area Another key component of shoveling snow is maintaining the proper form so as not to injure one s self Frequently people will lift with their back This puts a tremendous amount of strain on the lower back potentially leading to injury That s why it s much better to lift in a way so that the weight is focused on the legs

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  • API: One in Five Bulk Motor Oils Are of Poor Quality | DGI Direct
    go the extra step to verify the quality of the oil on invoices and receipts Why motor oil is so important Just as auto insurance coverage is a critical component for every driver motor oil is crucial for engines to perform at their peak As noted by Car Care Canada oil lubricates all of a vehicle s working parts Additionally it ensures that the engine doesn t carry combustion contaminants and that metal fragments don t splinter off into the system but are stored in the filter These tiny particles are ultimately removed from the engine when the filter is changed As a general rule it s best done every 5 000 to 7 000 miles or every 8 000 to 11 200 kilometers traveled By speaking to a mechanic or automotive professional motorists can determine the best oil for their car s mechanical needs This can also be learned by reviewing the owner s manual Several years ago Popular Mechanics magazine published an informative article on how drivers can pick the motor oil that s best for them One of the easiest ways is by understanding what oil descriptions mean such as premium conventional fully synthetic synthetic blend and oil for high mileage Additionally it s also important to understand what the letters and numbers mean such as 20W 50 or 10W 30 The magazine noted that these labels help explain motor oil s viscosity or thickness The lower the number the less thick it is at certain temperatures For example 10W 30 has less viscosity than those with a higher number The second figure explains how the oil functions under warm conditions Again the higher the number the thicker it tends to be under extreme temperatures The W stands for winter In short the information explains the viscosity

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  • Home Tips For Before a Winter Storm Power Outage | DGI Direct
    is insulated For example when the electricity goes out water pipes can freeze up depending on how cold the air temperature is This can cause them to burst often requiring a Canada home insurance claim in order to fix Having water pipes insulated professionally is the best way to address this issue but when in a pinch using layers of newspaper works rather effectively according to the U S based Federal Emergency Management Agency Plastic should go over the newspaper as well to keep moisture from forming The other insulation issue that needs to be addressed is the house itself The most important component of a winter power outage is ensuring that as much heat stays bottled up inside as possible Even the tiniest of crevices can leak out warm air making the interior uncomfortably cold To avoid this make sure that the doors and windows have weather stripping along the seams and that holes are covered with caulking material Individuals who are adept at home improvement may also want to consider installing storm windows as these can provide a source of insulation as well Have stoves cleaned professionally Many people today have wood or coal stoves in their home While some use them on a regular basis others may keep them on stand by only firing them up when there s an emergency or if the electricity goes out Make sure that these alternative sources of heat are clean and ready to go by having them professionally cleaned This serves not only as a hedge against the risk of fire but also carbon monoxide poisoning Food of course is also important during a winter outage not only having plenty of it available but also ensuring that it doesn t spoil If possible try to keep the door to the

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  • Energy Saving Tips For The Coming Winter Months | DGI Direct
    the sun s rays are most direct in the winter it make sense to utilize it for what it does best When the sky is clear homeowners should be sure to open their curtains on south facing windows early in the morning so that the sun s heat naturally warms the residence When night rolls around be sure to close the curtains to add an extra layer of protection between the windows and the rest of the home Speaking of windows this is where most of the heat escapes from in the average house especially when they re allowed to fall into disrepair Energy experts recommend utilizing plastic sheet or tape which can be purchased at most hardware stores and installing them along the frame of windows Additionally it s a good idea to install drapes and shades as these help lock in warmth after the windows have been winterized Try to keep thermostat at one temperature Another way in which homeowners often waste energy leaving themselves with a hefty utility bill at the end of the month is by constantly adjusting the thermostat up and down in order to find the perfect zone of comfort Similar to how the jockeying between braking and accelerating affects gas consumption in cars the same principle applies to adjust the home s temperature Throughout the day try to keep the thermostat at a constant temperature Then around bedtime adjust the thermostat down It may be a better idea to install a programmable thermostat Not only do these save time and energy but they may provide homeowners with a Canada home insurance discount off their annual premiums Finally make sure the actual heating system of the home is in proper order Whether homeowners primarily use their furnace wood fireplace or coal stove it should

    Original URL path: http://dgidirect.ca/home-tips/energy-saving-tips-cold-weather-season/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Electrical Incidents Showing Decline In Canada | DGI Direct
    all the electrical related deaths were due to touching power lines that had fallen What s worse some of the injuries that occur are entirely by accident such as touching them when cleaning out eavestroughs of dirt and debris raking leaves or trimming hedges bushes and tree branches ESA also pointed out that many injuries occur in the kitchen while using stove tops that are powered by electricity Some of the most common incidents occur after leaving food unattended on hot burners as well as not getting an inspection done in properties where the electrical system is out of date Saint noted that the key to electrical safety is emphasizing just how dangerous it can be rather than letting people think it s nothing to worry about We need to better understand these perceptions so we can change them said Saint Changing people s misperceptions is critical to our goal of eliminating electrical related deaths and injuries Electrical hazards often present themselves after major storms such as hurricanes floods and tornadoes At the website of Electrical Safety Foundation International which is based in the U S homeowners can learn about some of the ways in which they can maintain their homes so that their less at risk for electrical incidents For example during a hurricane the power supply may short out after a lightning strike or heavy wind gust This can pose a risk to electrified appliances within the home as well as forms of entertainment such as high definition televisions and home computers ESFI recommended that during a hurricane all appliances should not only be off but also unplugged from the wall save for utilities that are fundamental to electricity like freezers and the refrigerator Additionally it s a good idea to turn off propane tanks Once a hurricane

    Original URL path: http://dgidirect.ca/home-tips/electrical-incidents-down-but-not-enough/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Tips For Car Safety Month This October | DGI Direct
    oil that lubricates all of its working parts the engine can seize up rendering the vehicle effectively useless CCC recommended paying attention to indicator lights on the dashboard of the car to see if it says Check Oil Don t ignore this indicator as there s almost always as a legitimate reason as to why it s been tripped Additionally ensure that the car s engine oil is changed and replaced every 5 000 to 7 000 miles Examine the battery While under the hood it s a good idea to also have a look at the car s battery The battery should be located in the rear and may be covered by a removable top Take off the covering and look at the two terminals If there is a white powdery substance around them clean them off with a scraping tool This white material can reduce the charging capacity of the battery Additionally try to remember the last time the battery was replaced As a general rule batteries have a shelf life of between three and five years To avoid being in a situation where the battery s power runs out it may be wise to install a new one after four years Tire treads should be deep Another key component of safety is the tires CCC noted that not only should the pressure be at the appropriate PSI level which can typically be determined on the wall of the tire where it should say the amount of air that s required but it should also have plenty of tread depth This can be determined by using a penny and inserting it between the grooves of a tire If the top of Queen Elizabeth s head can be seen there isn t enough tread on the tire There are many tire brands to choose from and with bitterly cold temperatures approaching winter tires are ideal as they have extra traction and are built to withstand slick conditions Automotive experts say that unidirectional tires are particularly adept at handling inclement weather having increasing grip of the road It s important though to install these tires so that they rotate in the appropriate manner John Mahler an automotive expert and contributor to Wheels ca noted that some people will try to lengthen the life of their tires by reversing them so that they move in the opposite direction the theory being that it will allow the tires to wear more evenly This is inadvisable though as unidirectional tires are supposed to rotate only one way hence the name A unidirectional tire has been designed to optimize its wet grip going in one direction said Mahler If you reverse the rotation wet grip will suffer braking distances will increase and you will lose cornering grip He added that in order to even the wear of the tires so that they drive smoother it s a good idea to rotate the tires so that the two wheels on the right side go to

    Original URL path: http://dgidirect.ca/car-tips/october-is-car-safety-month/ (2016-05-01)
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