(Courtesy of yp.ca) Severe weather conditions can lead to unexpected power failures. Learn more about what you can do to prepare your family for a power failure.
Power failures can leave you and your family without heating or air conditioning, electricity, hot water, or even running water. This can make life at home difficult or even unbearable. Here are a few simple steps you can take to lessen the effects of a power failure:
Learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency: Pay attention to what news broadcasts are saying before severe weather hits. You can learn what your family will be up against and be able to prepare accordingly. Know the risks and hazards your community or region may face during an emergency scenario that could cause power failures.
Create an emergency plan for your family: Let everyone know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, your family might not all be together during a power failure. Discuss what to do if you’re at home, school, or work during an emergency. Write down the plan and practise it with the entire family at least once a year.
Put together an emergency kit with basic supplies: Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours during a power failure. Your kit should include water, non-perishable foods, flash lights, batteries, a first aid kit, cash in small bills, and any necessary medications. Keep your kit in a duffel bag or backpack stored in an easy-to-reach place.
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Is mould affecting your home and health?
By: Scott McGillivray(NC)
All homes can be susceptible to mould growth. In fact, mould could be present without you even realizing it. Exposure can cause an array of health issues from coughing, wheezing, headache and nausea to nasal stuffiness, sore throat, skin irritation, fatigue and more.
Virtually anywhere can be a breeding ground for mould, as long as there's air, moisture, organic material (a food source) and adequate temperatures––between 40˚F (5˚C) and 104˚F (40˚C). It's most commonly found in areas where moisture levels tend to be higher, like basements, kitchens, bathrooms or near water leaks in roofs, attics, walls, and pipes.
Identifying a mould problem can be a challenge, because mold can grow in hidden areas such as behind walls. Signs include discoloration of indoor surfaces, dark spots or patches. Musty odours can also be an indication that harmful mould is present.
Swift action is necessary to ensure your health and …