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Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, beautify the community, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. Whether you are a beginner or expert gardener, health and safety are always important. Below are some tips to help keep you safe and healthy so that you can enjoy the beauty and bounty gardening can bring.
Dress to protect.
Gear up to protect yourself from lawn and garden pests, harmful chemicals, sharp or motorized equipment, insects, and harmful rays of too much sun.
• Wear sturdy shoes, and long pants when using lawn mowers and other machinery.
• Protect more...
Severe allergic reactions (e.g. anaphylactic reaction) occur when the body's immune system strongly reacts to a particular allergenic protein or irritant. These reactions may be caused by food, insect stings and medications. When a reaction is triggered, onset of symptoms may develop quickly.
Common symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
• low blood pressure, dizziness, sweating, or fainting
• nausea, cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting
• swelling of the face and throat
• wheezing or difficulty breathing
Sometimes, anaphylaxis can cause other symptoms as well. These include:
• chest pain
• headache more...
Many people who go on vacation wonder if their house will be safe while they are away. When you go on vacation, the last thing you want is a phone call telling you that your house was robbed - or even worse - coming back from vacation and discovering damage and loss. Here are some tips for securing your home.
• Before you leave, check every door and window to make sure that everything is locked and sealed, including your garage door, shed, and basement windows. Also, make sure that you have no spare keys lying around that are "hidden" under a mat or under a rock. Burglars know where more...
The death of a loved one or of a significant person in one’s life can bring on many symptoms that leave individuals feeling many different reactions. An emotional reaction to a death can bring on symptoms of depression that can be debilitating.
Kubler-Ross coined the five stages of grief to help normalize people’s experience of loss: They are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Most people experience these stages in the 2 to 5 years following the loss of a significant person in their lives. Depending on the type of relationship with the deceased, some may experience more...
Each year, workplace accidents and occupational diseases are responsible for a large number of workplace fatalities among Canadian workers. On average, 3 Canadians die each workday due to workplace accidents. Thousands suffer disabling injuries, many of them permanent, causing enormous pain and suffering for employees and their families.
In recognition of these ongoing losses and injuries, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Federal Government have declared April 28 as “National Day of Mourning”. This is a day to resolve to improve health and safety in the workplace. By recognizing this more...
With the arrival of Spring brings an opportune time to not only vacuum the dust bunnies under the couch and recycle old clothing but also replace old and expired products. Take a moment to address some of the items listed below, especially if you can’t recall the last time they were replaced.
• Toothbrush - Technically, you’re supposed to get rid of your toothbrush every three to four months, but if you can’t remember the last time you changed yours, now’s the time.
• Smoke Alarm - These are not the home accessories you want to go dead. Stick fresh batteries in now to ensure they don’t go beep more...