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Category: Tips EN

Drowsy driving as dangerous as drinking and driving

Similar to the way drinking and driving emerged as a road safety issue, impairment by fatigue, or drowsy driving is fast becoming a major concern worldwide. It can be just as deadly as drinking and driving, or unsafe speed. According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), sleep and fatigue often leave no clues for investigators to trace. Unlike alcohol-related crashes, no blood,...
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Baking soda: a safe multipurpose cleaner

Many of us spend too much money and too much time on household cleaning. Is it really necessary to have one product for the kitchen tiles and another for the bath? Baking soda is a readily available household product. It is also called Sodium Bicarbonate or Bicarbonate of Soda. It is a cheap yet very effective tool in your home for combating odours, cleaning and sanitising. There are many...
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The many uses of vinegar

From killing bacteria, dissolving warts, growing plants, killing weeds, cleaning lime deposits and stained pots, unclogging your drains, to relieving coughs ... vinegar can be used. Kill bacteria in meats Marinating meat in vinegar kills bacteria and tenderises the meat. Use 1/4 cup vinegar for a 2-3 pound roast, marinate overnight, and then cook without draining or rinsing the meat. Add herbs...
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What happens when our main source of knowledge is ads?

By Ed Ayres Recently I recalled a TV commercial I had seen, in which it was suggested to us that eating fast food while watching solitary TV is a good way to “get on with your life”. I thought that ad was “criminal”.   In retrospect, I think maybe my use of that term was too impulsive. The commercial I described probably didn’t break any laws. When you’re...
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Bicycle safety tips

Join the league of the environment-conscious, and save your petrol money, by using pedal power (i.e. bicycle) instead of a four-wheeler. But don't forget to take precautions before you start your journey. First of all, make sure your bicycle is structurally sound and in good condition. Are the brakes working properly? Check too that the reflectors are clean and are not warped, and adequately...
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How to love housework

To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in warm water, it really isn’t so bad. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to go and have a cup...
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Ladder safety tips

Celebrations and festivities often mean a big cleanup or repainting work. You will probably be using a ladder to get at those hard-to-reach places. When using this contraption, be careful. Misuse of ladders can lead to accidents. To avoid ending up with an arm or a leg in a cast, why not take a few hints from the following.   Basic rules  Always inspect your ladder before climbing on...
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Safe Bedding Practices for Infants

Babies can suffocate if they are made to sleep without making proper bedding arrangements.        Place baby on his/her back on a firm tight-fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards.  Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys, and other soft products from the crib.  Consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing...
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If your tyre blows…

Dos and don'ts when a tyre blows while traveling at high speed. DO NOT  step on the brake; allow the car to stop gradually.  jerk the steering wheel.  try to come to an abrupt stop. These actions could cause the vehicle to roll over.   DO'S  Step off the accelerator.  Try to keep driving in a straight line. If you start to skid, slowly turn into the...
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Help your child’s brain develop

Children can survive without TV. Given the time and space to do so, youngsters can develop the mature attention spans they need for effective thinking and problem-solving skills in today's complex world. Susan R. Johnson, M.D., author of Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children's Minds, has the following advice for parents who want to see their children develop well without TV. 1....
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