7 Important Winter Swimming Safety Tips

Our safety conscious friend Angie has been thinking about “Polar Bear Plunges” and passes along some good info about getting through the frigid months safely. -Jack
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Greetings from Sanford, NC!

I write to you today while the temperature outside is in the upper 30s – it feels very frigid to me, but I bet some people would much prefer this temperature to their own!

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about Polar Bear Plunges – with the temperatures dipping, the weather conditions are right. I love the idea behind them (braving the cold for a great charitable cause) but the extreme conditions do scare me a bit. If you’re not prepared for what lies ahead, you may be putting yourself at risk for injury (or worse…).

That’s an issue we can solve through health education, which is why I’m writing to you today. I put together some winter safety resources I found in hopes you’ll share them with your site visitors (may fit well here: http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/emailbag.htm):

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter
http://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/

Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips
http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips

8 Ways to Handle Swimming in Cold Water
http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/8-ways-to-handle-swimming-in-cold-water

10 Do’s And Don’ts for Polar Plunges
http://blog.intheswim.com/10-dos-and-donts-for-polar-plunges/

Warning Signs of Hypothermia
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/stay-safe-cold-weather/warning-signs-hypothermia

Basic First Aid Resources
http://www.onlinenursingdegrees.org/nursingfacts/first-aid-resources.htm

7 Scientific Tips for Staying Warm
http://www.livescience.com/49050-staying-warm-scientific-tips.html

Let’s get out there and brave the cold, but let’s be safe doing so, too. 🙂

Take care and stay warm!
Angela

Angela Tollersons ǀ angelaT@forfamilyhealth.net
http://forfamilyhealth.net/ ǀ A Health & Happiness Resource for Families.
500 Westover Dr. #9372 ǀ Sanford, NC ǀ 27330

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Holy Moly! Pirates are invading Tampa!

And it’s not Pittsburgh this time!

These could be the real deal sailing into the Harbor and right up the River and they are coming for you.

Arrrggh! It’s not all fun and games, that is unless there’s something of a swashbuckler deep inside you? Then all bets are off as I fear they (and you?) will be capturing the hearts of this entire City.

They are after our kids first and that’s tomorrow! Read all about it at

The Pirates are coming, the Pirates are coming!

RVing Connecticut to Nashville in January

A reader writes:
Hi,
I’m hoping you have some advice on selecting the best route for towing a camper from CT to Nashville TN area (1/19-21). Assuming the weather is not a factor, we have 3 routes Google is suggesting. They diverge starting at Harrisburg PA. One route would go the most direct – 81 to Knoxville then west to Nashville on route 40. The others are 68 to Morgantown, then to Charleston, Lexington, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green. The third continues west from Harrisburg on 76, then eventually through Columbus, Cincinnati, then Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green.
Do you have any advice on which would be the easiest route for towing? I know there’s no choice but to deal with some rather mountainous travel areas, but would like to make the best choice to avoid being a nervous wreck.
Thanks!
D.
Hi D.,

We have traveled all 3 routes and personally I would opt for the I-81 to Knoxville route. We did not care for the I-76 route at all and do travel I-81 regularly.

Watch the weather reports and pull off AHEAD of any storms and sit it out. Don’t wait until the rest areas or truckstops are full.  Icy roads can be a factor and the farther South you get they just don’t know how to handle it well but the sun usually melts it fairly quickly the next morning.

We have a list of I-81 Southbound Rest Areas you can look up on a mobile device at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/mobilelistsouthboundrvrestareas.htm.

Find a list of truckstops here: http://aitaonline.com/
Note: Flying J/Pilot Truckstops are especially considerate towards RVers. They actually appreciate our business.

Have a safe trip and enjoy the journey,

Jack

Is Your Airbag on the Recall List

CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOUR AIRBAG INFLATOR NEEDS TO BE REPLACED.In May 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it had
reached an agreement with Takata Corporation regarding U.S. national recalls of vehicles with certain types of driver and passenger frontal airbag inflators.

While the recall is U.S. national in scope, the immediate focus will be on replacing airbag inflators located in geographic areas with persistent heat and high absolute humidity. We want to make absolutely sure all of these are replaced immediately.

IF YOU HAVE A RECALLED VEHICLE, THE AIRBAG INFLATOR WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE

We strongly urge drivers to use this website to check if your airbag inflator needs to be replaced, and if so, immediately bring your vehicle to your local dealership