Springing into Action – Safely
With daffodils and warmer weather comes the urge to give your house a good scrub. For many homeowners, that means hauling out a pressure washer and climbing a ladder. Before you tackle your gutters, roof and siding, though, keep these tips in mind:
Then again, you may want to take a gentler approach to cleaning. Local home improvement pundit Shell Busey recommends using a low-pressure garden sprayer, mild cleanser (which he conveniently sells), and old-fashioned elbow grease with a patio broom. And who does Busey recommend for security monitoring? Radius Security, of course.
- Position your ladder properly: one foot out for every four feet up. And move it along as you work – never lean too far to either side.
- Beware the combination of water and electricity. Make sure your power washer, electrical cord and electrical unit are all in good working order.
- Don’t leave too much slack in your cord, or else you may get tangled in it or trip.
- Never aim your pressure washer at anyone. At 1300 to 3000 PSI (pounds per square inch), that beam of water can cause cuts or serious injury. You are unlikely to need a pressure washer rated above 3500 PSI for home or commercial projects.
- Handle cleaning chemicals with care. Read the label, and avoid damaging your skin, eyes, nose or lungs.
Enriching Your Life with Free Play
Piano, ballet, hockey, theatre, gymnastics, painting… enrichment opportunities for kids seem endless. And who doesn’t want an enriched life? However, many child development experts agree that the best “enrichment” may be to set your child free to play (try Googling “free play benefits”). Running around in a park, building sand castles, and taking imaginary voyages on the sofa are critical to a child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. And besides, it’s free.
Announcing a New Safety Blog
Did you know that in February, the Vancouver Police issued public warnings about a child sex offender and purse snatchers? The RCMP also drew attention to a couple of telephone scams and Health Canada recalled an Ikea crib and some baby video monitors last month.
At Radius, “Your Safety is Our Vision,” so we’ve launched a new safety blog on our web site. Every week, we scan the headlines to offer you timely advice on safety and security issues affecting the Lower Mainland. Check out our blog and share your thoughts on these issues today.
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What's On In Greater Vancouver?
CelticFest Vancouver / St. Patrick’s Day Parade
See web site for venues – March 16 to 20
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
See web site for events and venues
March 16 to April 22
Vancouver Sun Run
Downtown Vancouver – April 17
City of Banghra
See www.vibc.org for venues – May 4 to 14
Cloverdale Rodeo and County Fair
Cloverdale Fair Grounds – May 20 to 23
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Granville Island – May 30 to June 5
Dragon Boat Festival
Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, False Creek
June 10 to 12
Banking on Security
Precautions for Online Transactions
- Avoid fake web sites: type in your bank’s URL instead of clicking on a link.
- Don’t access your accounts from a public or shared computer. If you do, change your password by phone after logging off.
- Keep your passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs), personal verification questions and credit card/account numbers confidential. Don’t tell anyone.
- Always log off when you’re done. Preferably, close your browser and empty your cache.
Quick Safety Tip
What’s a Good Password?
Do: Use a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, as well as alphanumeric and punctuation characters.
Don't: Use birthdays, family members’ names, telephone numbers or addresses.