Insurance Group Picks Safest Electric Cars

In December of 2010, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety created a list of what they considered to be the safest vehicles of 2011. In April of 2011, they released their list of the safest electric cars. This is the first time electric cars have been safety tested by an insurance group. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is non-profit, independent, scientific group. It also is an educational organization. This group is very dedicated to reducing the number of deaths, injuries, and property damage that occurs due to automobile crashes that happen on the nation’s highways. This group is not … Continue reading

Ask a Health Blogger: Static Electricity

When winter comes, I notice that I’m a lot more static-y. The worst is getting out of the car — I always get a shock when I’m closing the door! What’s behind the “shocking” change? I have the same problem — winter seems to be my time to give and receive a lot of those little static jolts. Basically, static electricity is caused by an imbalance in positive and negative charges in electrons, which are part of every single atom that makes up the universe. The cause for the personal shocks is deceptively simple: dryness. Winter tends to be a … Continue reading

Is it Safe to Use an Electric Blanket?

Winter is here with a vengeance in some areas of the world. The sub zero temperatures will have you searching for additional heat sources. One solution to the cold temperatures is an electric blanket. Is this safe during pregnancy? As with many things in pregnancy, this is a controversial subject. There are two concerns associated with using an electric blanket, overheating and electromagnetic fields. Becoming overheated during pregnancy is not a good thing. An increased body temperature for a long period of time has been shown to increase the risk of neural tube defects and miscarriage. Does this mean that … Continue reading

Would You Know What To Do If Your Car Went Into A Lake, River or Body of Water

Each year thousands of people in the United States die when their car plunges into rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. It only has to happen to me one time, and that would be more then I would want to ever have to face. I live in a city with two rivers, I go back and forth over them all the time, sometimes everyday. I don’t ever want to find out what would happen if my car landed in the river but I sure would like to remember what I should do if it actually did happen to me. … Continue reading

Four Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill

If the weather INSIDE is frightful because you are afraid of home heating bills, you won’t spend a very pleasant winter. A better solution is to stay warm by finding multiple ways of reducing your heating bill and then combine these strategies to reduce your heating bill to the lowest cost possible. Selective Heating Only heat the rooms you are actually using. Are there any rooms that can be closed off temporarily during the coldest part of the year? Even if your home isn’t zoned, you can make it warmer in the rest of the house by isolated unused rooms. … Continue reading

Fun in the Dark

Surviving in a home without electricity or heat for days on end is no laughing matter. Unfortunately, that’s the scenario hundreds of thousands of residents battered by Superstorm Sandy are experiencing right now. Their misery is far from fun, still that’s not stopping relief workers from trying to make life a bit better for the youngest victims. Last night, I saw a piece on CNN that showed volunteers providing kids affected by the storm with games, toys and crafts that they could play with despite their homes being without power. The effort was designed to create a momentary distraction for … Continue reading

Talking To Toddlers About Major Storms

It seems as though it has been weeks since reports about Hurricane Sandy first started to appear all over the news and all other forms of media. In reality, it has only been about a week since coverage of the storm and its anticipated path started. If you are a parent of young children, you may certainly be concerned about keeping your family safe. However, you are probably equally concerned with keeping the kids calm. When everybody is preparing for a storm like Sandy, things look and feel different wherever you go. Little ones can see and feel the differences … Continue reading

Time To Get Out the Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is a great tool to invest in for use around your home. It can make short work of clean up of your outdoor environment. Spring is the perfect time to use a power washer, too. Bright sun and gentle breezes help dry anything that you wash. Put a quick, clean shine on things. What is a Pressure Washer? A pressure washer is a machine that sprays out water at high volume. It can be used to remove dirt, mildew, mold, dust, grime and even chipping paint. The home pressure washer attaches to a common garden hose for … Continue reading

Curriculum Choice: Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers

Curriculum: Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers By: Susan Kilbride Format: Softcover book Ages: 4 to 13 Subject: Science Method: Unit study, hands on Free: Click for free science unit studies from the book. Description: If you are a homeschooler or teacher who is looking for fun ideas on how to teach science, then this book is for you! Its hands-on approach is designed to capture students’ interest and promote a love of science and learning. The first ten chapters are for younger children ages 4-7, while the second ten chapters are for children ages 8-13. Each chapter is … Continue reading

Tinnitus Hope?

I have always loved music and I love to have it loud. Back when I was younger, it was a matter of just liking it loud. Nowadays, it is more a matter of not being able to hear it. Yes, apparently all those years of loud music and even louder concerts have taken their toll on my rapidly aging ears and given me tinnitus. Tinnitus (I like to call it Pete Townshenditus because The Who guitarist suffers from it) is a ringing in the ears. It can be anywhere from slightly annoying to debilitating. It can be caused by loud … Continue reading