Winter Home Security Tips
You would think thieves would hibernate in the winter, but some continue to lurk. What you can do:
1. Check your security system. Make sure your motion sensors, security lighting, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors continue to work well in freezing weather. Replace batteries as needed.
2. Shovel. Snow- or ice-covered sidewalks and driveways pose a slipping hazard and announce to thieves you may not be home. If you leave on vacation, arrange for snow removal.
3. Lock your car while warming it up. Better yet, bundle up and wait inside the car.
4. Secure windows and doors. Condensation may make old windows swell up and not close properly in winter. Don’t run extension cords through an open window to power your dazzling light display. If you throw open a door to ventilate your hot, smoky kitchen, don’t walk away.
5. Don’t brag. No need to announce your new PS4, Xbox One or iPad Air online. And definitely no photos. Why create a catalogue for thieves?
‘Tis the season for office parties… and home ones too. If you don’t want to be the chip guy, here are some ideas for nibblies:
1. Bruschetta or potato latkes with toppings
2. Asparagus roll ups. Steam 5 – 7 minutes, cool and roll up in prosciutto or smoked salmon, with a little hollandaise sauce or cream cheese. More asparagus ideas
3. Anything Bacon
4. Polenta squares, guacamole and veggie wraps offer vegan options
Act FAST to Prevent Strokes
Did you know stroke victims can be treated with a clot-busting drug? But only within hours after symptoms appear. That’s why recognizing the symptoms of a stroke is crucial:
If you suddenly experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Weakness or numbness in the face, arms or legs, even if temporary
- Difficulty speaking or understanding, or sudden confusion, even if temporary
- Vision problems, even if temporary
- Severe or unusual headache
- Dizziness or loss of balance, especially with other symptoms
The Stroke Heroes Act FAST campaign has developed an acronym to help you recognize and respond to a stroke:
Face - uneven
Arm – drifts down
Speech - strange
Time – to call 9-1-1
This cute video helps even young children remember what to do.
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Stroke Warning Signs
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Stroke Heroes Act “FAST”
What's On In
Hyatt Regency Downtown Vancouver
November 28 to December 27
Capilano Suspension Bridge
November 30 to January 4, 2014
Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Christmas in Williams Park
Township of Langley
December 2 to 12
PuSh Festival - see website for venues
January 14 to February 2, 2014
Dine Out Vancouver
see web site for venues
January 17 to February 2, 2014
Chinese New Year Parade
February 2, 2014
Norman Rothstein Theatre
February 19 to March 9, 2014
An Ounce of Prevention
WINTER FIRE SAFETY TIPS
- Heating appliances, like space heaters, require at least three feet of clear space. Keep combustibles away. Ensure the electrical cord does not overheat.
- Smoking while in bed, tired or under the influence of alcohol or medication is the most common cause of fires that kill.
- Have a professional check your electrical and heating systems. Signs of an electrical problem include flickering lights, fuses that blow continually, warm electrical cords and light bulbs that burn out frequently.
- Get your chimney professionally cleaned.
More tips from Fire Prevention Canada
Quick Safety Tip
GUARD YOUR CREDIT
Consider using a separate credit card with a low limit, or a single-use payment card, for online purchases. Monitor your bank and credit card statements online, as expenses are incurred, instead of waiting for your hard copy at the end of the month.