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7 ways to keep your home safe

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to both yourself and your possessions. Here are seven expert tips to stay protected.

1. Lock up

Always secure your home, even if you are only going out for a short while or are in the garden. Robbers often walk right through an unlocked door

2. Conceal alarm wiring

Professional thieves will look for places where they can disconnect the security system

3. Use a deadbolt

Avoid spring latch locks as they are easy for thieves to slip a plastic credit card into. Change the locks when you move into a new home and consider installing window locks, burglar-resistant glass and an alarm system

4. Spare keys

Never keep a spare key in the mailbox, under a mat or on a nail in the garage. Instead, wrap a key in foil and bury it where only you can find it

5. Install entrance lighting

Having a bright home entranceway will deter thieves. Consider lighting with an infrared detector. Keep lights and a radio on when you leave the house

6. Ask neighbours to keep watch

Keep an eye out for each other and speak up if you see people lurking about. Don’t leave notes for service people on the door or leave keys with the cleaning team

7. Keep your garage door closed

Not only will this protect your belongings in the garage, but it won’t be so obvious that you are out


Fabulous fibre

The fact that fibre, whole-grains, fruit and vegetables are healthy should not come as a surprise, but their intake has decreased with the popularity of low-carb diets. With that in mind, research from the University of Cambridge has recently reconfirmed that fibre and whole-grain are important for long-term health. The recommended fibre intake is 30 g each day. But what does that look like?


Two Weetabix – 3 g

One apple – 4 g

Half a cup of rolled oats – 9 g

One thick slice of brown bread – 2 g

One potato with skin – 2 g

One cup of cooked lentils – 4 g

Two carrots – 6 g


What to do with old glasses

Most of us have a check-up with an optician every two years, which can leave you with an old pair of glasses on your hands. How can you avoid sending them to the landfill?

1. Choose quality glasses

Although they might cost a little extra in the short term, they will probably last much longer

2. Select second-hand frames from a thrift shop or vintage store

Instead of buying into the production of new frames, why not choose some that already exist?

3. Avoid fads

Choose glasses that suit your personal style, rather than buying into the latest trends

4. Protect

Use a protective case to avoid scratches, dents and cracks

5. Recycle

Make recycling an option by choosing frames made from an eco-friendly material such as steel or aluminium

6. Re-lens

Change lenses but keep your current frame

7. Donate

The Lions Club runs a reuse initiative in countries including Canada


Now hear this

  • Aging is the leading cause of hearing loss.
  • 10% of Canadians live with hearing loss but only one in 6 are wearing hearing aids
  • 90% of people with hearing loss can improve communications with a properly fitted hearing aid, counseling or environmental changes


Quick Fact: Just stand up

By standing for an additional three hours a day you can burn up to 8 pounds of fat or 30,00 extra calories. That’s the equivalent of running about 10 marathons.


Smiling can make you happier

If you’re feeling sad, it turns out a grin might just make you feel better.  According to new research changing your facial expression can actually boost your mood.


Housing and women

A recent report suggests that women with disabilities do not only face physical barriers when it comes to housing, but also societal and attitudinal barriers.

Worth noting:

  • Women with disabilities are more likely than men to spend over 50 per cent of their before-tax income on housing.
  • They are also more likely to need accessibility features in their homes.


Many thanks to Caregiver Solutions for sharing these articles with our community


Posted by Jordan Kalist

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