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5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

Day-to-day tasks like running the dishwasher and doing laundry have an impact on our environment, and many of the cleaning products we use in our homes (like bathroom cleaners, window sprays, and air fresheners) can be harmful to humans, animals, and our ecosystem. When it comes to getting your home or cottage squeaky clean, consider these five tips to help keep your family safe, reduce your ecological footprint, and even lower your energy bill: Go au naturel. Ditch the chemicals (e.g., ammonia and phosphates) and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products instead. While they may cost a little more, you can purchase chemical-free “green” cleaners in most stores that sell cleaning products. Or, you could use common pantry staples like vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and baking soda to clean up without breaking the bank. Keep it cool. Wash your…read more →

Planning a Vacation? Don’t Forget to Check These 10 Items Off Your To-Do List!

Planning a Vacation? Don’t Forget to Check These 10 Items Off Your To-Do List!

Don’t let getting away from it all get you down this season. Whether you’re planning a jaunt to a woodsy cabin, a juggernaut road trip or a jump across the pond, being prepared is the key to a stress-free return home. Speak to us today about your homeowner’s policy! Once your bags are packed, be sure to check these pre-vacation to-dos off your list: Leaks happen. You can avoid coming home to water damage caused by a burst pipe or leaky appliance by shutting off your main water valve before you leave. Arrange for someone you trust to check on your home every few days. That means going in and looking around every room on every floor (even the garage). If anything happens, they can take action (and alert you) before further damage occurs. Got a few neighbours you’re fond…read more →

Confronting Retail Violence

Confronting Retail Violence

Implement tools and policies to strengthen your teams ability in confronting retail violence. Workplace violence encompasses everything from a robbery to bullying, from threats and non-fatal injuries to homicide. Retail workers face a number of unique circumstances that put them at an increased risk for workplace violence, including: Handling cash Night-time shifts or finishing shifts after dark Presence of valuable merchandise Working solo Poor visibility in parking lots or when working behind store counters Workers can keep themselves safe by becoming educated about risk, being proactive and following the guidelines outlined in our Workplace Violence Prevention Program. Make sure to talk through the tenants of our Workplace Violence Prevention Program with workers and share the following information. Recognizing Risks Workplace violence can be divided into four general categories: Teach workers to contribute to the safety measures in place by recognizing…read more →

Keep Pets Safe During a Disaster

Keep Pets Safe During a Disaster

The likelihood that you and your animals will survive a disaster such as a fire, flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on the emergency planning you do today. Some of the things to do to keep pets safe, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals. If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. Guidelines for Pets The following are things you should do before a disaster hits…read more →

Is Your Truck Winter Ready?

Avoid Downtime This Winter With These Simple Maintenance Tips Now that the cold weather and snow has settled in across Canada, drivers and owner-operators should be taking their winter maintenance requirements seriously. To avoid downtime, experts and driving vets will tell you that winterization service is crucial before the freezing temperatures even begin. We spoke with some maintenance experts who provided tips on how to keep your equipment in top shape during the icy winter months so you’re not stuck on the side of the road in the cold this year. Focus on batteries The biggest focal point for drivers during the winter months, according to Bert Downton, the regional used truck/trailer sales manager at Custom Truck Sales in Regina, Sask., should be battery maintenance. “Keeping batteries up and running is crucial for all trucks, especially in the winter. As…read more →

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