(April 16, 2019)
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Before starting your mower, you should …
Filters, belts and shields need to do their jobs. Make sure they are in working order before starting up your lawnmower.
When getting your bike ready for the spring, you first should …
You should clean away any debris that’s formed on the bike’s brakes and gears. These nuisances could make riding a pain as dust and debris clog the chain and make it harder for the brakes to do their job of keeping you safe. Depending on whether or not your bike has had a tune-up, you may want to take it in to a professional.
What’s the most important thing you should look for in a sunscreen?
When you buy a sunscreen, try to pick one up that provides protection against ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) rays, is at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher, and is water resistant.
When going to clean your gutters, you need to make sure that …
Safety is paramount when cleaning the gutters of a house, no matter the height. If your ladder is too short, you may run into problems. The ladder should be more than 3 feet higher than the roof, in addition to being placed on flat, level ground. If the ground is uneven, you can buy “leg levelers” for your ladder at a local hardware store.
With a gas grill, what should you do at the start of grilling season?
Check for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. Turn on the gas, but not the flame. If there is a propane leak, bubbles will release. If the bubbles stop after you turn off the gas, have your grill serviced by a professional; if not, call the fire department.
Springtime is great, except for people with allergies. What should you do to make sure your allergies are under control?
If you get the sniffles in springtime, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends taking medications two to three weeks before symptoms normally appear.
When mowing the lawn always …
Mowing the lawn kicks up grass, dirt and other things that you may want to be protected from. You can help avoid problems by wearing the appropriate, protective clothes to prevent cuts, rashes or sunburns.
Bee stings can be a big problem, especially so for those with allergies. What can you do to prevent a bee sting?
When spending time outdoors, avoid sweet scents as these could attract wasps and bees from long distances away. Avoid flipflops as well, as you could get stung on the foot by ground-dwelling wasps.
Flash quiz. What should you do when you’re outside and you hear thunder?
According to the National Weather Service, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Immediately seek shelter when you hear the first signs of thunder. Outdoor structures, such as dugouts or a tent, will not protect you from a lightning strike.
How old should a child be to be outdoors when a mower is in operation nearby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 6 should not be near a mower when it’s in operation. Furthermore, children under the age of 16 shouldn’t operate a ride-on mower, and children under the age of 12 shouldn’t operate any kind of mower, powered or not.
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