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Have you ever heard of Photokeratitis or Snow Blindness?

Bright sun and blue skies make perfect “bluebird” days for skiing, boarding, hiking, or just being out in the snow. But if you’re not wearing UV-blocking sunglasses in conditions where the sun’s rays reflect off snow, you could be headed for a painful case of snow blindness. WHAT IS SNOW BLINDNESS? Snow blindness or sunburned eyes—also known as photokeratitis (“photo” for light and “keratitis” for inflammation of the cornea)—can sneak up on you. As with sunburned skin, by the time you...

Winter Ice Safety Tips

Winter is one of the greatest seasons to enjoy the Maine outdoors but to do so safely, you must keep in mind that ice conditions are always changing. There are many factors to consider when determining whether the ice conditions are safe, and they can vary from day-to-day and from one water body to the next. Here are some important tips and tricks to keep in mind when judging ice conditions. Always check the color and thickness of the ice...

Winter Weather & Your Pets Safety

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

Extreme Cold Preparedness

Extreme cold may be considered any temperature below freezing (32 degrees F). During an extreme cold event, your body must work extra hard to regulate a normal body temperature and that could lead to illness or death, especially with vulnerable populations. COLD WEATHER TIPS Exposure to cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia and become life-threatening. Infants and elderly people are most susceptible. What constitutes extreme cold varies in different parts of the country. In the southern U. S., near freezing...

Snow On Your Roof: The Good, The Bad, and The Dangerous

The first snowfall of the season is a magical moment. The world outside becomes soft and white, and the sun glistens off of the fresh snow, creating a picturesque winter wonderland. The truth, however, is that too much snow on your roof can be a major safety hazard. For many people in the colder regions of the country the magic dies quickly as the snow piles up and harsh conditions make day-to-day living a little more difficult. Fortunately, there are...

Generator Safety Tips!!!

Generators are emergency equipment that provide a secondary source of power when there is an electric failure. Generators can be helpful during a power outage, but they present serious health and safety concerns. Safety Tips Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the generator. Carbon monoxide poisoning ​​​​​​​Electrocution or electric shock ​​​​​​​Fire

What to Keep in Your Vehicle, in Case of an Emergency, during the Winter.

Emergencies can happen to anyone. Prepare for the worst-case scenario (especially in wintertime) by keeping the following supplies in your winter car kit! Whether you run out of fuel, puncture a tire, or slip off a snowy road, a car emergency kit can help you get back on the road safely and quickly. In addition to the items listed below, keeping a cell phone on hand is highly advised. Ensure your phone is charged every time you get in the car and keep a spare...

Chimney Fires Destroy Homes

Creosote buildup may not look dangerous, but it ignites at a mere 451 degrees F, and once it starts burning, it expands like foam sealant. In less than a minute, it builds to more than 2,000 degrees F and can engulf your entire chimney and destroy your home. Even if you clean your chimney regularly, you should still have it inspected by a qualified chimney sweeper once a year. Certified chimney sweeps are trained to recognize chimney deterioration and venting problems and can assess your fireplace...