Safety First

By: Lyle Karasiuk

Be Prepared, Not Scared

January 11, 2017 - 8:08am

Suddenly the whole house erupts in confusion. Someone banging on the front door has aroused you and your family from their sleep. The dog is barking, the kids are crying and in your half awake state you trudge downstairs to the front door. Through the front window you see the red and blue flashing lights of a police car and wonder what’s going on.

Snowmobile Safety

December 28, 2016 - 8:04am

It’s winter across Saskatchewan when many people jump on their sleds for an afternoon with friends touring the country side.

While the added snow might have opened up the many trails and open spaces, there is always an opportunity to enjoy the crisp fresh air! When riding a snowmobile always be alert of potential danger.

Holiday Safely

December 14, 2016 - 1:28pm

With Christmas upon us and hundreds of last minute details yet to be handled before the house fills with relatives or we travel to visit them, the last thing on our mind is safety. Think about “child proofing” your home before the little ones arrive, especially if you don’t have small children in the home regularly:

Winter Preparations

December 1, 2016 - 7:50am

While last week the weather went for winter snow shoveling to spring in a matter of days, sure as the calendar says November we can expect more snow and colder temperatures. If you have not already done so make plans for safe winter travel now.

Here’s just a small list of items that you should have packed into the truck of your car or secured safely in a cargo container in your SUV:

Getting Ready for Christmas

November 23, 2016 - 7:29am

Many of us have started baking, decorating, writing and wrapping. Christmas concerts will soon happen in our area schools and the Christmas party invitations are already in our mail boxes. It is one of the busiest times of the year and not just for retailers.

If you do take your children to the mall:

November is CPR Month

November 10, 2016 - 8:27am

While watching TV Joe suddenly begins to have an excruciating pain in his chest. He turns to his wife of 23 years and says “Martha I think I’m having …” and his voice trails off. Joe slumps over on the couch just as Martha walks into the living room. “Oh my gosh, Joe what’s wrong,” as she frantically tries to wake him. Grabbing the cordless phone, she dials 9-1-1 and is transferred to the emergency medical dispatcher. “Paramedics are on the way,” a calm voice tries to reassure Martha. “Do you know how to do CPR,” the voice asks?

Planning for winter includes making your vehicle ready too!

October 26, 2016 - 9:21am

It's never fun if your vehicle lets you down, but it can be downright miserable or even dangerous if it happens on a cold winter day.

Just as we’ve cleaned our windows and raked up the leaves in preparation for winter, so too should your car we winterized. Here are a few things you should know about "winterizing" your vehicle: We’ve had a nasty taste of winter already and even though much of the snow has melted it will be back.

Just Don't Fall

October 15, 2016 - 8:59am

We might have seen the commercial on TV for a chair lift system where the announcer says “just don’t fall, safely ride …”.

Well that is easier said than done.

Ice and snow for example pose very unique hazards that sometimes we can not control. Incidents will happen even though we have proper footwear, walk carefully, were not in a hurry, etc.

But other types of falls in the home due to wet floors, loose carpets or clutter can easily be corrected. Falls are one of the leading incidents that paramedics respond to.

Poison Prevention

September 28, 2016 - 7:56am

Poison Prevention is Simple

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, a curious child is bound to explore the most unlikely places. While you might think that what’s in the cupboard is safe from little hands it’s probably not. Every year hundreds of people are poisoned from common household chemicals. Prevention is the key to safety around your home, and not just for our children either.