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Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Three Safety Tips To Remember When You’re Dealing With Fireworks

Whether it’s a national holiday, get-together with family and friends or simply a backyard barbecue that you want to make more memorable, adding fireworks to the mix instantly increases the event’s fun factor. Small or large, fireworks are captivating to watch for the young and old alike. As you focus on making your event fun, it’s also important to be cognizant of keeping everyone safe. Fireworks aren’t without their risks — more than 17,000 fires began as a result of fireworks accidents in 2011 and, the same year, nearly 10,000 people were injured in fireworks accidents. To increase your likelihood of safety, your first step is to buy your fireworks from a licensed and reputable retailer. Here are three other tips you need to keep in mind.

Safety Equipment

Before you even think of starting the fireworks show, it’s vitally important that you have all the necessary safety gear with you. As far as your attire is concerned, it’s important to ensure that your clothing covers your skin and that it isn’t loose and baggy. It’s also advisable to wear gloves and eye protection. If you have long hair, tie it up. You should also keep several buckets of water and a hose nearby, as well as buckets of sand or dirt that can be used to cover dud fireworks until they’re safe to handle.

Environment

It’s important to never use fireworks when it’s windy. Even if the conditions are calm when you begin the fireworks show, remain vigilant about noticing the strength of the wind and stop lighting your fireworks if the wind picks up. You should also carefully survey the area that you’ll be using to ensure there are no overhanging trees. It’s ideal to light your fireworks on flat ground; trying to do so on uneven terrain can be dangerous as an individual firework could topple over and fly in an unexpected direction as it launches.

Sparklers

Many people hand out sparklers to those watching the fireworks show, but doing so can be risky. Although popular among kids, sparklers can potentially cause eye injuries and minor burns to the skin. The main concern with sparklers is that because the children will be looking skyward during the show, they won’t be focusing on the sparklers in their hands, which can result in burns. It’s best to skip the sparklers and focus on putting on a top-quality — and safe — show with the fireworks.

To learn more, contact a company like Fireworks Fantasy

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

5 Classes That Can Support Your Tumbling Aspirations

If you want to excel in tumbling, then you have probably already found an appropriate tumbling class to enroll in. However, there are several other disciplines that can give you important skills that will help you excel in your tumbling classes. If you are already involved in tumbling, consider these five other activities to help boost your tumbling skills. 

Ballet 

All dance classes can help improve your balance, self-awareness, and strength. However, ballet in particular is known for improving posture, coordination, and alignment, all of which are critical aspects of tumbling. 

Yoga 

Yoga can build strength and flexibility while helping you learn to complete slow, controlled movements. For the most benefits, enroll in a slow-paced yoga class as opposed to the cardio-yoga classes that are becoming popular. This can help give you control over your tumbling as opposed to relying on your strength and momentum to get you through an exercise. 

Aerobics 

Tumbling requires a high amount of cardiovascular fitness. Unfortunately, during class, you may concentrate on short bursts of energy as opposed to maintaining a sustained level of aerobic effort. Adding one or two aerobic classes into your weekly schedule can increase your endurance and make your short bursts of energy more powerful and effective. 

Martial Arts

Martial arts teach you discipline and self-awareness, both of which are important to tumbling. While you may be on a tumbling team, it is mostly a personal activity and your development will depend heavily on your personal commitment to success. Martial arts can teach you self-dependence and the discipline that you will need to keep practicing on your own and succeed in tumbling. 

Swimming or Rock Climbing

Swimming is a great aerobic activity that increases your strength and endurance. Being in the water will also increase your awareness of your physical position and give you experience making minute physical adjustments to change your course of travel in various positions. Flip kicks can also help you maintain balance and awareness while flipping. 

If you are not comfortable in the water, rock climbing can give you similar benefits to swimming because it challenges you to reach new positions and increases your awareness of your balance and body mechanics. 

Enrolling in more tumbling classes each week is one way to increase your tumbling skills. However, by concentrating on rounding out your skills by enrolling in a few supplemental activities you stand a better chance of avoiding plateaus and continuing to progress during each tumbling lesson. 

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The Right Hunting Ammunition And Caliber Combo Is A Must When Hunting Black Bear

For a great many outdoors enthusiasts, hunting black bear is best enjoyed at a distance. Bears are very large, aggressive, and dangerous. Shooting one with a rifle from 100 yards away reduces the serious risks presented by an enraged bear that does not immediately drop. Then, there is the horror of another life-threatening situation. A bear may find you before you find it. Extra cautions should be taken to deal with the nightmare scenario of being taken by surprise by the bear. At a minimum, carrying a reliable backup pistol and appropriate ammunition is a must.

Using the Right Rifle/Handgun Combination

With bear, only high-caliber weapons and very hot (high pressure) ammunition are reliable. A rifle with a .300 level caliber would be a good choice. The .44 Magnum is an excellent revolver caliber. Obviously, a .308 rifle and a .44 Magnum pistol use different ammunition. In an emergency situation, this could create problems. Bears attack by swiping with their paws and a rifle may be knocked out of your arms if the creature surprises you. Without the rifle, relying on the revolver is the only chance of survival. However, shooting the revolver does not mean vital targets are hit. Some rounds might outright miss.

Reloading the revolver is necessary to finish off the slowed-down bear. In such a high-stress scenario, grabbing a .308 round instead of a .44 takes away vital seconds. One way to avoid this scenario is to use the same caliber in the rifle and the revolver. Having a rifle that fires .44 caliber rounds means you only need to carry a single caliber that fits both weapons. 

Same Round, Different Pressure and Power

Not all .44 caliber ammunition is the same weight or packs the same amount of power. A 300 grain bullet with packed with a massively high pressure load may present far too much recoil in a revolver, but would be fine as a rifle selection. The shoulder stock on the rifle makes shooting the 300 grain bullet easier. Loading the revolver with a slightly lighter and more controllable round remains an option. Yet, if reloading the revolver becomes necessary, the 300 grain bullet will fit in the revolver. Just be sure the selected revolver is one rated to not suffer damage when firing high pressure loads. So, if the heavy, high pressure round is grabbed by mistake, the revolver can still be loaded and fired reliably.

Practice with the High Pressure Round

Clearly, you do not want the first time you fire a very hot round in the revolver to be after selecting the round by accident when faced by charging a bear. Fire off a few high pressure rounds in a revolver just to get used to the feel and recoil. Doing so contributes to improving accuracy.

To learn more about the right guns and ammunition for bear hunting, talk to a gun retailer, such as Miller’s Gun Center Inc.

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Getting The Most Out Of Your Fishing Charter Experience

One of the most thrilling things you can do during a trip to Cabo San Lucas is to take a trip on a Cabo fishing charter. If you’ve never gone on a charter fishing expedition, there are a few things you should know before you climb aboard. Here are some helpful hints to get the most out of your adventure.

Choose The Right Shoes

To stay safe and prevent slipping on a wet deck, be sure to wear a pair of shoes that provide traction. Rubber-soles with grips, such as those found on deck shoes, are the best choice. Remember that the boat may be very wet, so be prepared to part ways with your shoes in the event that they become soaked with seawater.

Bring A Personal Emergency Kit

Even if you’ve been on a boat before, you might not know how you’ll react on the choppy waters you’ll encounter on a charter fishing boat. Be sure to pack medication for motion sickness and over-the-counter pain relievers in the event you develop a headache. You’ll also need sunblock to prevent sunburn and sunburn relief lotion in the event you develop a sunburn. Remember that sunlight reflects on water, making it easier for you to get burnt even with sunblock. 

Pack A Cooler

Some charter boat companies offer light snacks and beverages, but many do not. Pack a small cooler or insulated bag with bottled water and a few snacks so you can stay hydrated and stave off hunger during a long trip. In some cases, inclement weather could extend your time at sea, and you don’t want to be without food and water until you return safely to shore.

Don’t Forget Your Camera

Cabo San Lucas is the perfect spot for fishing. You may get to see sharks, tuna and mackerel. Depending on how far out your boat takes you, it’s possible you may encounter whales as well. Be sure to have your camera with you so you can take pictures and capture video of these majestic creatures. You’ll also be able to bring back proof of your big catch to share with friends and family. Consider investing in a water-proof camera so you don’t damage your smartphone or traditional digital camera.

If you get the chance to visit Cabo San Lucas, be sure to take some time to enjoy a fishing charter trip. Whether you are an experienced angler or you’ve never fished before, you’ll have a great time as long as you are prepared when you board the boat.

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

2 Tips For Choosing The Most Appropriate Inflatable For Your Child’s Birthday Party

As a parent, there is no doubt that a large inflatable jumping house or castle has an important and popular role at birthday parties, but their safe and fun use is also an immense responsibility. Whether your child is turning 2 or 10, a birthday party is often more memorable and enjoyable when a bouncy house or castle is present. Fortunately, there are three easy tips that can make your child’s birthday party the best party for everyone involved.

Verify Whose Responsibility Delivery, Setup and Pickup Is

It is important to consider the weight and size of any inflatable. Unless you have extensive experience or knowledge of larger inflatables, it is usually a better idea to choose a company that will take responsibility for each aspect of getting it to your home or party location, setting it up and then removing it from your home at the agreed upon time.

Otherwise, you will have a significant amount of risk, including the very real possibilities of:

  • Injury to one or more of your guests

  • Damage to the inflatable

  • Damage to your home or property

Even if you get a lower quote for doing some of the work, inflatables should not be a do-it-yourself project for amateurs. It is also a good idea to allow a few extra minutes at the time of delivery so that you can become familiar with the specific details of your temporary inflatable unit.

Consider The Size Of Your Youngest And Oldest Guests

It is easy to assume that if the birthday party is for a group of eight year old children, that you should choose an inflatable for that age group. However, that could easily be a mistake since the unit will usually be rated for a maximum number of users at any given time, as opposed to individual guests.

If you have an enthusiastic cousin or one of your guests is big for their age, you should consider them all before choosing a unit. In addition, always be sure that you are able to keep track of the number and approximate weight of everyone using the inflatable, so that you can be sure that everyone is as safe as possible.

In conclusion, renting an inflatable allows you with the opportunity to make your child’s birthday party a fun and memorable experience for everyone. By making the most appropriate choice of rental units and planning ahead, you will make it memorable and safe.  

 

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Safety Tips For Boating Beginners

If you are new to boating, you want to make sure you learn about boating safety. While this article will provide you with boating safety tips in general, it will also cover issues you need to know about if you plan on boating in an outboard boat. Read the information below before you go out on the boat:

Have enough life jackets

Even if everyone in the boat won’t be wearing a life jacket (which they should), you still need to have one life jacket on board for every passenger in the boat. Make sure the jackets are the right size for your passengers. Children and anyone who’s not an excellent swimmer should wear their life jackets at all times while in the boat.

Watch the weather

Always check the weather forecast before you head out. Also, pay attention to changes in the weather while you are on the boat. Storms can move in fast, so you want to head for shore any time you notice dark clouds rolling in or the wind suddenly picks up.

Have another driver on board

Make sure there is another person on the boat who knows how to drive it well enough to get it to shore in case there is an emergency with the driver.

Make your whereabouts known

You want to make a list of everyone that’s going on the boat with you and include their name, address and phone number. Write down the boat information and your travel plans, as well as the types of communication you will have on the boat. Leave this information with someone who will not be going on the boat with you and let them know the latest you would expect to be back to shore. When you get to shore, call them and let them know.

Don’t run the boat into shallow water

You want to cut the motor when you are approaching shallow water. This is especially true when you are in an outboard boat. This is a boat where the motor and propeller are situated outside the boat. When you come to shallow water in an outboard, turn the motor off and lift the motor up to avoid having the prop damaged.

Don’t let swimmers in the water with the motor running

In an outboard boat, the propeller is submerged and spinning at a fast rate of speed. This makes for a dangerous situation for swimmers. You always want to cut the motor and make sure the prop has come to a stop before swimmers enter the water.

By following these tips, you can feel better prepared for your boat outing. Always make sure everyone on board has been well-versed in where the life jackets are stored and make sure everyone is wearing sun screen.

For more information about outboard motor boats, contact a professional like All Seasons Honda & Peninsula Ski-Doo.

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