Holiday Boating Safety Tips

Holidays provide the best time to take a break from your regular activities and spend time with people who matter. Only a few things beat the feeling of heading to the sea on a boat with friends and family.

Like any means of transportation, emergencies and accidents are part of it. Unfortunately, several people have lost their lives before when boating, and it will not stop. However, you reduce the risk of such accidents when you ensure boating safety precautions.

Here are some of the ways to maximize boat safety.

Getting a boating license is one of the most important parts before you can get into boating. Check out ilearntoboat.com/florida to get your Florida boating license.

· Plan ahead

Boating is not something you wake up one morning and choose to go right away. Instead, you need the time to prepare and get everything ready. Inspect the vessel to ensure everything is in place. You can also call for a professional to help you assess the boat. Do not be in a hurry or ignore any safety recommendations.

Conduct a pre-departure check to confirm all the safety equipment like life jackets are on board. They must also be enough for all those on board and fit them. In addition, include other equipment necessary for the days’ activities. For example, if you plan to fish, look for electric reel combos for saltwater fishing.

Do not forget to check the weather. You might have to delay the outing in case of possible rough weather.

· Don’t drink and drive.

“Don’t drink and drive” is one of the most common phrases for road users. The same applies to when boating. Consuming alcohol when operating a boat is not a wise choice. Alcohol and substances impair your judgment hence endangering the lives of those on board.

Alcohol is currently the leading cause of all boat accidents accounting for 23% of boating accidents. Therefore, avoid alcohol altogether when operating a boat; if not, have a designated sober skipper.

· Create a float plan

Prepare a document detailing the information about those on board. Indicate the names, expected destination, and the planned time of return.

Make the document as detailed as possible. For example, include the vessel’s registration details, the contact details of those on board, and types of communication or signal equipment on board. These details will come in handy in case of any emergency.

· Stay cautious with nighttime boating.

Nighttime boating comes with increased dangers due to the limited visibility. It is not the best time for a novice to operate the boat. Also, an experienced boater must take precautions when using the boat.

Most of the boating area during the holiday tends to be congested. Stay careful in your movements to avoid blocking the path of other boats and colliding. Check that the boat’s running and anchor lights are functional and keep an extra spotlight or flares to safety.

Fireworks are another holiday boating aspect you have to monitor. Keep a distance from fireworks and avoid launching any fireworks from your boat.

Stay safe aboard your boat.

Holiday boating is a time to share happy moments and create memories. Use the above tips to keep your family and friends during the experience.

 

Tips to Make DIY Projects Safer

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As you know, I always love a good DIY project. Any time my husband and I can fix or build something ourselves, we try to do it, and since we live in an older house, it seems like there is always something to do.  In the past few years, we’ve replaced light fixtures, painted and replaced porch rails, had plumbing repairs and installation, assembled furniture, upcycled old furniture, and started a bathroom remodel.

Anytime we start a new project, there are a number of things to consider: What does the project involve?  What are the materials needed?  How much will it cost?  How long will the project take?  What are the potential roadblocks to the project? Answering all of these questions can help us to better plan the project and ensure that the project is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

But beyond these questions, you should also consider the risks associated with the project.  Does the project involve any health risks?  What safety precautions should be taken to avoid injury or other bodily harm?  As an expectant parent and a pet owner, I have to take extra precautions to make sure everyone in our home is protected.  The following infographic gives us a a little insight into the views of fellow DIYers and it details some of the risks involved with home improvement and do-it-yourself projects.  Check it out! [Read more…]

Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Kebabs + 10 Tips to Totally Take Care of Your Family This Summer

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. #ListerineMom

My family spends so much of the time indoors, but the summer weather definitely gives us more excuses to get outside, from grilling out to playing with the dog, and doing yard work.  Whether we’re at work or play, I always try to take extra steps to take care of my family.  Today, in partnership with Walgreen’s, Johnson & Johnson, and Listerine, I’ll be sharing some of my tips to make sure your family is totally taken care of.

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Christmas Gifts for Boys with Daisy, Plus $100 Academy Giveaway and a Free Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ItsADaisy #CollectiveBias


Daisy BB Gun

Does your child spend a lot of time staring at computer screens, mobile devices, and electronic games?  Ours too!  Each day after school, Noah can hardly wait to get home to his computer (as he’s mobile gaming in the back seat).  But we also encourage him to do outdoor activities.  For example, he likes to go camping, fishing, and hunting.  And while we can’t exactly do these activities every day, going out to do some target shooting is quite do-able.  For this reason, we got Noah an early Christmas present: the Daisy 880 BB Gun. Noah is 14, so this is a very good gun for his age group.  If you want your child to spend more time outdoors too, you can encourage them and teach them about hunting or camping. Daisy has a lot of great Christmas gifts for boys and girls. [Read more…]

Making Good Decisions Online and #ShareAwesome Contest

The National PTA and LifeLock are teaming up for  #ShareAwesome, an advocacy campaign designed to encourage families to embrace technology and use it for good, making positive, safe decisions online.  Secondly they wish to open up a conversation between parents and kids, so that teens and tweens can make good decisions online.

This campaign is of particular interest to me, because every afternoon when I sit down at my desk to edit photos or write I post, I can’t help but overhear a young gamer playing on his computer in the next room.  When he’s not at school, participating in activities, or sleeping, Noah is glued to his computer! The fact that we can hear him through the walls is a good thing, as it gives us a chance to monitor his activities without constantly looking over his shoulder.  But apart from this, we try to encourage positive and safe behavior online, so that we won’t have to worry about Noah in times when we can’t be there to listen in. [Read more…]

Summer Fun with Cutter® Insect Repellents #CutterRepellents #ad

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Are you spending a lot of time outdoors this summer?  Here in the South, it’s really almost too hot to go outside and enjoy anything.  Usually my husband and I like to wait until the evening time.  Just before and after the sun sets, the weather is perfect for grilling out, playing music, or just sitting around and talking.  The only problem with going out at this time is bugs.  For that we like to keep around plenty of Cutter® insect repellents:

Cutter® has several products to help you keep the insects at bay so that you and the family can enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about bloodsucking pest. The products include their CitroGuard Candles, Yard foggers and sprays, as well as personal insect repellents in spray and wipe form.

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Avoid Distracted Driving #DecidetoDrive

This week I’m teaming up with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance to promote a very special cause.  The Decide to Drive campaign was started to raise the awareness of distracted driving and its dangers.  Having known people, including family members who were involved in car accidents, this is a very important issue to me.  In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 152

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Welcome to Friday Favorites!

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This week’s party is sponsored by Julian & Co, a maker of fine, personalized, heirloom quality jewelry for moms and grandmothers.  Through Friday get 20% off at their site with the coupon code: LOVE.

Now I’m excited to share more Valentine’s Day features with you this week!

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Drive Safer with the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pep Boys for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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I finally saw some signs of fall this week.  We had a a couple of rainy days and nights, followed by a couple of cool days that began with thick fog! I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of driving at night, and I’ve always hated driving in inclement weather!

But driving under inclement weather conditions is a lot safer if you perform proper automobile maintenance and headlight restoration.

October is Headlight Safety Month, so it is the perfect time for drivers to address a key safety issue on America’s roads that rarely comes to light: dim headlight bulbs and hazy headlight lenses, which may lead to reduced visibility.

 

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One solution to this problem is the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit.  Available in Pep Boys stores, this kit is designed to restore headlight lenses that are losing clear visibility. This increases the visibility capacity of fogged, yellowed, cloudy or hazy dull looking headlights by improving their performance.

I’ve had my car for 10 years, and it’s a 1999 model.  I’ve been able to keep the car in good condition for the most part, but the headlights are definitely hazy!

Here’s an example of a Before and After results of using the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit:


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And not only is it effective against those hazy, yellowed headlights, but it is also very easy to use!  I usually count on my husband or my to take care of anything having to do with the car, but even I can do use this kit!

Go by your nearest Pep Boys store to pick up this kit and keep your headlights shining bright throughout the fall and winter seasons!

 

 

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National Preparedness Month

It’s interesting that as kids in schools (and in the work place as well) there is so much emphasis placed on safety. In school each month we had firedrills and tornado drills. And we learned all about how we can keep our home safe and free of hazards, but unfortunately these lessons don’t always carry over into adulthood because we just assume that the accident or emergency won’t happen to us, and we take our safety and good fortune for granted.

And it’s in these times when we’re unprepared and we’re least expecting it that something does happen. Personally I don’t think you can ever be fully prepared for an emergency; nor can you ever be quite certain of how you’ll handle yourself in emergency until you’ve done it. No matter how well you plan, there’s always this chance that in the heat of the moment, you’ll make a mistake or forget the protocol. But this all the more reason that we should at least try to be prepared.

I was cruising through some of the usual blogs I visit, when I ran across a post at Get Organized Now regarding National Preparedness Month. I remember reading about this in the past, but I had totally forgotten about it until I saw it on this blog. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the sponsor of National Preparedness Month, which is an effort to inform the American people and encourage them to get their home and family prepared for any disaster or emergency that may occur. This includes everything from making a disaster supply kit to planning an escape route in the event of a fire. To learn more about National Preparedness Month and download emergency plans and supply lists and other information, visit Ready.gov.