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Welcoming Winter 2012

Welcoming Winter 2012

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 Welcoming Winter 
A S p e c i a l S u p p l e m e n t To T h e L e b a n o n D e m o c r a t , M t . J u l i e t N e w s a n d H a r t s v i l l e V i d e t t e
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What you’ll find inside:
How to stay safe on winter roads............................2Prevent lost children while holiday shopping.............3Safety should be a holiday tradition, too................. 4Prevent slips and falls this winter............................4Planning a winter vacation ......................................5How to get your home ready for holiday guests .......6Tree lighting tips.....................................................6Safety first with holiday lighting..............................7
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Welcoming Winter
Snowy weather can be a time for fun,especially for avid skiers or children whorelish spending days off from school toss-ing snowballs and building snow forts.many adults, however, do not look forwardto the snow as much as youngsters do.snow can be hazardous when driving, butputting snow tires on a vehicle can improvevehicle safety.According to information from the Na-tional Highway Traffic SafetyAdministra-tion, roughly 115 people die every day invehicle crashes in the United States. Eachwinter, snowfall compounds treacherousroad conditions, increasing the risk of acci-dents.It is important to know how to drivewhen weather conditions are dangerous. Itis also wise to outfit a vehicle to reduce itsrisk of slipping and sliding on icy, snowyroads. Here are some tips to follow.
Limit time spent driving in the snow.
Avoid driving during snowstorms or di-rectly after whenever possible. Snow notonly makes roads slick, but fallingflakes can impair a driver’s visibility andreduce his or her response time. Try towait until snow-clearing teams havesalted, plowed and sanded roads beforeventuring out.
Be sure you can see clearly.
Clear off the snow from the windshield, side mir-rors and windows so it does not compro-mise your view.Also, top off the wind-shield fluid so you will be able to clearsnow and salt kick-up from your wind-shield. Look for a washer fluid that hasan antifreeze component, otherwise,your washer jets and wiper blades couldbe rendered useless.
Drive slowly.
Reduce your speed whendriving in inclement weather. It can bemore difficult to stop or maneuveraround a potential obstacle when condi-tions are less than ideal. Traveling at ahigh speed will increase the risk of acci-dents.
Leave enough room between you andother motorists.
Tailgating is responsi-ble for many accidents, even when thereis no snow on the ground. In inclementweather, it can take longer to slow orstop the car after pressing on the brakes.Having an additional space betweenyour car and the one in front of youhelps you avoid a collision.
Be aware of black ice.
Black ice gets itsname from its veritable invisibility. It isso thin and hard to spot, it just looks likethe black asphalt of the road. Black icetends to form in areas that have hadsnow or ice melt, which then refreezesat night when temperatures drop. Beextra cautious on turns and on highwayexit and entrance ramps, where black icefrequently forms.S
teer your car into the skid.
Remaincalm and do not panic and jam on thebrakes if your car starts to skid. Slam-ming on the brakes will only exacerbatethe skid. Rather, take your foot off theaccelerator, allowing the car to naturallyslow down as you turn your wheels intothe direction the car is skidding. Thisshould help right the car and get youback on track.
Invest in snow tires.
Those who live inespecially snowy climates and do a lotof driving would be wise to purchasesnow tires. Snow tires, also called wintertires, have special tread patterns thatoffer better traction in snow and ice.They also are made from softer rubbercompounds than regular tires that retaintheir flexibility in cold weather, allowingthe tire to conform to the surface of theroad.Although many vehicles comewith technology to prevent accidents,they cannot do their jobs if tires are notmaintaining their grip on the road.All-season tires are not a replacementfor snow tires.All-season tires are designedto work in all sorts of conditions, fromrainy weather to dry roads. Therefore, it isbetter to invest in a set of snow tires thatwill offer you better protection. When put-ting snow tires on a car or truck, be sure todo so on all the wheels — not just the driv-ing wheels. Otherwise you may still risk spin outs or uneven gripping of the road.It is not a good idea to keep snow tireson all year. Because they are softer, snowtires tend to be more noisy and can wearout faster in warmer weather. Therefore,switch out the tires at the beginning of thesnowy season and then before the spring ar-rives anew.
How to stay safe on winter roads
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Welcoming Winter 2012
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The only thing scarier during the holi-days than the tally on a credit card billcome January is the idea of a child gettinglost or abducted while out shopping. Safetytips can keep children by your side or helpcaregivers find kids fast should they wanderoff.These are a busy few months at the mall,with many people packed into stores insearch of the perfect gifts. Confusion andthe sheer volume of shoppers can increasethe chance that a child will get lost.A lost child can create panic parents andcaregivers. However, keeping a level headis more beneficial than running off to findthe child.Although preventing a child fromwandering off is the best method of protec-tion, being prepared for what to do shouldthe child go missing is equally important.
Talk about what to do.
Sit childrenwho are old enough down to help themunderstand and set up a plan of action if they become separated from you. In fa-miliar stores, you can establish a meet-ing spot to go to, such as near the cashregister. Instruct children to seek a secu-rity guard or store employee and ask forhelp.
Dress boldly.
Part of the problem whenholiday shopping is being swarmed bydifferent people all dressed similarly.Designate brightly colored clothes thatboth you and your children can wear tobe more visible. Most small childrenonly have the vantage point of seeingfrom the waist down. Consider wearingflashy shoes or a bandana tied to beltloops to help you stand out. Childrencan wear a bright shirt or hat so you cansee them at all times.
Dress-up strollers, too.
Many strollersare identical in appearance. Set yoursapart by tying a ribbon or balloon to it.This way you will be able to notice if someone is wandering off with yourstroller — and your child!
Carry a recent photo.
Take a picture of your children with your mobile phonebefore leaving the house so that you willknow exactly what he or she was wear-ing and will have the most recent photoavailable for identification. In additionto taking a head shot, take a photo of thechild’s shoes, too. In events of child ab-duction, kidnappers may have a changeof clothes ready for children, but rarelywill they be able to change kids’shoesbecause of sizing issues. Those shoescan prove an invaluable method of iden-tification.
Give children identification.
You cancreate a personal ID card with basic in-formation to help reunite you with yourchild. This may include only the child’sfirst name and an “I’m Lost” messagewith a phone number to “Call Mom.”Because even an ID card can go miss-ing, some inventive parents are usingmethods like temporary tattoo IDs likethose from SafetyTat(R).
Hold hands and stay connected.
Keepyour children within reach and do not letthem stay in one aisle while you shop inanother. Holding hands keeps childrenwithin reach.Although many parentsfrown on the use of a child leash, if itmeans the difference between a childrunning off or staying put, it might be agood idea.
Reinforce positive behavior.
Should achild wander off and follow safety tips,reward that behavior with praise whenyou are reunited. Wait until another timeto talk about why he or she got lost andhow to make sure it doesn’t happenagain.Children tend to wander off out of cu-riosity or by following the wrong person.During the busy holiday season this canhappen more frequently. By heeding tips,children can be kept safe whenever thefamily is in a crowd.
Prevent lost children while holiday shopping
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