How to safely store your leftovers for the best turkey sandwiches

Often, after a holiday feast and all the leftovers get into the fridge, a long period of time has passed. While this may seem harmless, it could put you and your family at risk from food-borne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli.

The following food storage tips can help prevent the growth of such bacteria and keep your food safe for making delicious leftover meals!

  • Never allow meat, poultry, seafood, effs, produce, leftovers, or other foods that require refrigeration to sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours
  • Store meat on the bottom shelf or bottom drawer to prevent it from dripping onto other food
  • Avoid crowding your refrigerator or freezer, as this prevents air flow from circulating
  • Clean the refrigerator weekly for old or expired food items. Toss cooked leftovers such as meat and poultry after 4 days.

Have a safe and happy holidays from everyone at Scrivens Insurance and Investment Solutions!

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Parking Lot Safety Tips

If you are planning on doing some Black Friday shopping, you should be aware a few dangers in parking lots. Parking lots are a common hazard for drivers and vehicles alike.

Slips, falls, auto accidents, theft, harassment, and assaults are just some of the risks individuals face while using parking lots.

Thankfully, there are a number of precautions drivers can take in order to protect themselves and their vehicles.

  • Park in a well-lit area, preferably one with surveillance cameras and security patrol services.
  • Avoid parking near shrubbery or other areas that could conceal attackers.
  • Park as close to an elevator as possible when using garages.
  • Lock your doors when leaving your vehicle. Have your keys ready when you return to ensure quick entry.
  • Remain vigilant and notify security of the authorities if you notice suspicious behaviour.

Also, you should leave your phone in your pocket so you can fully pay attention to your surroundings.

7 Tips for Outdoor Running Safety

Fall weather in Ottawa is the perfect for running outdoors! Running outside is a great way to burn calories, boost your confidence, and boost your overall health. However, if you aren’t prepared for a run, you could face risks such as leg injuries, fall hazards, adverse weather, and dangerous traffic patterns.

Here are seven safety tips to keep in mind before you run outdoors:

  1. Wear running shoes that offer adequate support to help avoid severe injuries.
  2. Determine your baseline fitness level before you run so you don’t overexert yourself. You can do this by timing how long it take you to run one kilometre on a flat path, then create a running program based on this time and your future fitness goals.
  3. Plan out a route before you run to make sure it’s in a safe, well-lit area. You can do this by driving or biking along the route, preferably with a friend or family member.
  4. Always look at the weather forecast before you run to make sure you won’t encounter an unexpected storm or low visibility.
  5. Stretch before you run, and slow down to take a break or drink water whenever necessary.
  6. Always stay aware of your surroundings. It may be tempting to listen to music using earbuds or headphones, but this can make it harder to hear what’s around you, including dangerous vehicle traffic.
  7. Consider running in a group. Not only is it safer, but it can help motivate you to run more regularly.

Chemical Safety Tips for the Home and Cottage

Though you may think that your family is protected against household chemical dangers, accidents can still occur. In fact, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, an average of three children (ages 14 and younger) die each year due to unintentional poisoning and another 900 are hospitalized with serious injuries.

To ensure the safety of your loved ones, take extra precautions when storing and handling poisonous chemicals in your home or cottage. Use the following tips to protect your family:

  • Place the local poison centre contact information next to your phone in case of an emergency. For added protection, program the number into your mobile device as well. The Ontario Poison Control Centre phone number is 1-800-268-9017.
  • Store harmful products out of the kitchen and away from food and drinks.
  • Read product labels when purchasing new items. If they contain the words caution, warning or danger, be extra cautious when storing and using them.
  • Keep chemicals and products in their original packaging so usage and handling instructions remain available.
  • Refrain from storing products that may release harmful fumes or catch fir inside your home. These items include paints, solvents, gasoline, fuels, and varnishes.
  • Check the City of Ottawa’ guidelines for instructions on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste. Never pour chemicals down the drain unless instructed.

Keeping in mind the above tips, you’ll ensure that you and your loved ones are safe from potentially deadly household chemicals.

How to Avoid Distractions While Driving

Driver distractions have joined alcohol and speeding as leading factors in crashes that cause fatal and serious injuries. However, cellphones aren’t solely to blame. Anything that takes any of your attention away from driving is a distractions. There are three main types of distractions:

  • Visual – Taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual – Taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive – Taking your mind off of driving

Sending or reading a text while driving is the equivalent of driving blindfolded for 5 seconds.

Whether driving for work or for personal reasons, it is important to remember that any activity that you engage in while driving is a potential distraction that increases your risk of crashing. Taking the following precautions can help you avoid distractions while driving.

  • Silence your mobile devices and keep them away from you while driving to avoid being distracted by notifications. If you must receive phone calls while on the road, pull over before answering, even if using a hands-free device.
  • Set destinations in GPS devices before you depart.
  • Make a playlist on your phone before you leave to avoid the temptation of selecting songs or changing radio stations.
  • Avoid eating while driving. Take proper breaks to allow yourself time for meals.
  • Speak up if you’re a passenger of a distracted driver. Offer to take over the driving responsibilities.

Golf Cart Safety Tips

As surprising as it may be, there are many golf cart accidents annually, which result in personal injury, property damage, and even death. Since golfing is intended to be a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable outdoor activity, review the following safety tips to keep you and your fellow golfers safe.

  • Drivers and passengers should remain seated while the vehicle is moving at all times.
  • Never exceed the maximum capacity for a golf cart – everyone needs his or her own seat.
  • Slow down and honk when reaching an intersection to alert other drivers and pedestrians of your presence.
  • Reduce your speed when approaching pedestrians; they always have the right-of-way.
  • Reduce your speed when turning and passing other carts.
  • Use the safety mirrors when approaching intersections.
  • Keep all body parts inside the golf cart when it is in motion.
  • When it is not in use, place the golf cart’s control lever in the neutral position and remove the key.
  • Do not shift gears while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Maintain an adequate distance between you and other drivers.
  • Your maximum speed will depend on the terrain and weather conditions. Generally, you should operate a golf cart at the same speed as a well-paced walk.

Motorcycle Safety

There are more than 672,000 registered motorcycles and mopeds in Canada. Though they are a popular transportation option, motorcycles are also dangerous.

In 2015 alone, 200 motorcyclists died as a result of accidents, according to a study by Transport Canada.

To remain safe, motorcyclists should practice the following safety precautions:

  • Test drive your motorcycle before you purchase it to ensure that you can properly control it.
  • Take a motorcycle safety course.
  • Be mindful of the weather and road conditions at all times.
  • Wear a helmet and other safety gear.
  • Follow posted speed limits.
  • Exercise extreme caution when you are carrying passengers.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or while operating a motorcycle.

By utilizing the above tips, you can ride with confidence and avoid potentially deadly accidents.