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The protective playground surface is the most frequently overlooked component of home playground safety. While approximately 80% of public playgrounds have some type of shock-absorbing protective surfacing under playground equipment, only 9% of home backyard playgrounds do, according to a 2001 playground injury study performed by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). The study found that, of the approximately 50,000 injuries per year associated with home backyard playground equipment, 69% of the injuries were a result of falls to a non-protective surface below the equipment.

Perhaps the most familiar backyard playground surface options are grass and dirt, but neither surface adequately protects children against serious injury due to falls, even falls that occur from 30 inches or less above the ground. Fractures of the arms and hands, and cuts and bruises of the head and face are the most often reported injuries that result from a child falling from playground equipment to a non-protective playground surface such as grass or dirt, as reported by the CPSC.

The good news is that a variety of protective surfaces exist that can fulfill a homeowner’s need for playground safety. Not surprisingly, playground surface options range in cost from reasonable to pricey, and each option has its own list advantages and disadvantages. Considering the advantages and disadvantages of each type of playground surface material, as presented in this article, should provide you with enough information to choose the most appropriate playground surface for your backyard playground.

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Summer is the time for excursions, long road trips, and swimming. On a hot, searing summer day, spending time in a pool is refreshing and rejuvenating. To ensure that your pool is in pristine condition, you need to put in the effort to clean and maintain it. However, a lot of people procrastinate cleaning their pools, which not only affects their pools, but also compromises the safety of their loved ones. While maintaining a pool does require time and energy, you need to keep in mind that undertaking it is a necessity and not a choice. Mentioned below are a few tips on swimming pool maintenance that will be beneficial for you.

Skim the pool regularly Skimming the surface of the pool doesnt take much time; if possible, try to do it on a daily basis. Skimming is an easy way of removing bugs, leaves, etc. from the pool. If left unattended, these unwanted items will eventually sink and removing them later will become more cumbersome. It is well known that skimming drastically improves the pools circulation system. Also, people who skim their pools on a frequent basis dont need to use chlorine in large quantities. Apart from regular skimming, cleaning the strainer baskets at least once a week is necessary; doing it will also help in improving the circulation of the pool.

Vacuum the pool every week Vacuuming your pool once a week is an integral part of proper pool maintenance. It will clear the pool of any harmful substances and reduce the amount of chlorine that has to be used to keep the pool free of bacteria. An average pool requires half an hour of vacuuming every day. Along with vacuuming the pool, you should brush its surface, walls, and tiles to clear the buildup of algae and calcium.

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A recent article in the New York Times “the Island where People Forget to Die” by Dan Buettner really got my attention. I am a registered dietitian and yes it is a good goal to lose weight if you need to, and to lower your cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides if you are on medications for these conditions. I suggest a full examination not of your body, or weight but your total lifestyle. Coincidentally I am writing this article during the recent “Franken storm”. My “normal lifestyle” has changed to a much simpler one. This situation has given me reason to pause.

This article is a must read. It identifies a man in his mid-60’s diagnosed with lung cancer and given nine months to live. He chooses to return to his ancestral roots in Ikaria Greece. What occurred was astonishing. He adopted the local ways of living and his strength started returning. The years passed and his health continued to improve. Today, at 97 years old, three decades later he is cancer-free! He never received chemo therapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort.

So what happens on this island that improved this man’s health? Geographically the air and water have been identified as being responsible for extending life. There have been other communities with centenarians. There are similarities within all these communities that can be helpful for all of us to heed.

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Energy usage is often determined by how much heat is transferred to and from a building envelope via inadequate insulation and air leaks around doors and windows. Adding insulation to the attic and walls is good, but double-glazed window and door glass contributes greatly to the reduction in heat transfer.

An insulated glass unit is fabricated from two pieces of glass, an aluminium or vinyl separator filled with a desiccant and a sealant that holds it all together. This double-glazed unit may be glazed into doors, windows, skylights and other fenestration products. The energy loss through conduction is reduced by as much as seventy percent, depending upon the type of glass used and the depth of the dead-air-space between the pieces of glass. As well standard annealed glass, there is also low-emissivity glass that uses a microscopic metallic film to reflect heat either back to the inside or outside, depending on which surface the film is applied to. Inert gasses may be added to the unit for further reduction of heat transfer.

The energy transfer ratings of glass are as follows: Single glazing, 5.0 Double glazing, 3.0 Triple glazing, 2.2 Double glazing with Low E glass, 1.7 Double glazing with Low E and Argon, 1.2 This means that the heat transfer of the glazing in windows and doors may be reduced by more than seventy percent.

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It is not just for calculating rainfall, an electronic rain gauge is much more. There’s possibly no better way to awaken your or your kids internal weather fanatic than by having one. Your portable weather station will not be complete without one, and with regards to learning it is a great tool.

Perhaps you built your own rain gauge, or helped your children make one for a school project. How accurate do you think it is. If accuracy matters to you, you probably know an electronic rain gauge will never be beaten. They are ideal devices for a school and seats of learning and education. Taking into consideration those factors, if you are looking for a rain gauge the obvious choice is an electronic rain gauge. Hands on experience of these weather evaluation tools helps build up a better understanding of exactly how weather works and various weather patterns.

As you look at more complex models you’ll find some include additional capabilities including the ability to calculate spillage. For people who want to keep a close watch on rainfall patterns and are more concerned with rainfall patterns going haywire worldwide, this is an ideal tool to start with. Perhaps your portable weather station measures the heat index and wind speed. That’s not adequate. If you don’t determine precipitation amounts you aren’t gaining all the details you need.