Covid concerns have been here since March and will continue so for an undetermined time. Be safe.
Covid concerns have been here since March and will continue so for an undetermined time. Be safe.
Half of 2020 is in the past and with this Covid thing, we are hoping that the second half goes way better than the first half.
This is an interesting fact – There’s some evidence that people typically drive safer in problematic conditions, such as rain, snow, and fog, while more car crashes occur on bright sunny days with clear conditions. Following this logic on the road and applying it to the home, it’s important to not overlook or underestimate some of the challenges that present themselves in summer. Unlike many summer drivers, you don’t want to let your guard down on a seemingly innocent time.
Be aware of insects. We all know that mosquitoes are a common summertime nuisance, however some areas across the country will experience the return of cicadas and other types of bugs. For your home, make sure all entry points are secured so you don’t have any unwanted visitors from the great outdoors – and it will help you with your home efficiency!
Check that your HVAC and furnace are working properly, and all the filters are up to date. Pleasant room temperatures are often not on people’s minds and can be taken for granted in the summer unless a problem occurs. And a reminder for those with a deck or patio: make sure the structure is stable and well maintained. It’ll be getting a lot of use now!
Here are your top to-dos for summer:
● Take care of any insect problems you may have.
● Seal up your home.
● Check outdoor faucets for leaks. We don’t need that water bill any higher!
● Have your roof inspected.
● Inspect and possibly change out HVAC filters.
● Clean and repair deck or patio as needed.
● Check water softener; add salt if needed.
● Test garage door auto-reverse feature. Need to keep the little ones safe.
● Clean kitchen garburator. Just don’t stick your hand in it while it’s running!
● Clean range hood filters.
● Inspect your fire extinguisher(s). Are they expired?
Have any other suggestions or questions? Call, text or email me — I’m always happy to help homeowners in our community.
This applies to anyone that has a property for rent or for sale and also for people looking to rent. Home owners, google your property address regularly and look for false ads. If you find any, contact your local police or RCMP. Renters, google the rental address you are inquiring about to see if it is listed for sale also. If so, contact the realtor to see if this is a false rental ad.
The following advisory went out this past weekend:
This is a message from the RCMP Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.
Fraudulent attempts to rent sale properties – Yorkton RCMP file # 20191183436.
It has been brought to the attention of the Yorkton RCMP that culprits have tried to secure damage and rental deposits for sale properties which are not theirs.
This is a reminder to exercise caution when replying to ads for rental properties. Ensure you speak directly with the REALTOR® or homeowner. Do not e-transfer, wire or mail any money if you can not verify the property representative’s identity and information.
If you have information related to this advisory please call 9 1 1 or 310-RCMP.
To sign up please go to www.saskcrimewatch.ca.
I think that this information is very important for everyone to think about.
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2019
Hudson Bay, SK – Cade Sprackman Safety Day in Hudson Bay
Today, the Saskatchewan Safety Council is hosting the second annual ‘Cade Sprackman Safety Day’ at Hudson Bay Community School.
Students participating in this one-day event have previously completed online safety education through the Career Safety Education program and will further expand their knowledge by learning about Fall Protection and Fire Safety from the Saskatchewan Safety Council, Lockout and Control of Hazardous Energy with Weyerhaeuser, and Eye Protection, Ladder Safety, Hazard Recognition and Head Protection from Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA). As an additional sponsorship, Weyerhaeuser will also provide a BBQ lunch for the entire Hudson Bay Community School.
On January 27th, 2015, Cade Sprackman was killed at his workplace. Michelle, Cade’s mom, said, “I remember him and I talking about what sort of work he would be doing. I asked him about safety and he assured me it was safe. I will never forget the night the RCMP came to the door with news that Cade had died. All they could tell me was that it was an industrial accident that had happened at work. They knew no details.”
Michelle has advocated for youth safety in the workplace and supports Career Safety Education for youth. “Career safety education is so vitally important. Cade naively saw his workplace as safe as he had nothing to compare it to. His employer told him it was safe and so he believed it. We all think that someone has our back; that systems are in place to keep us safe. Systems are only as good as the people behind them and people are fallible. Just like we have to be defensive drivers today, we have to be defensive on the worksite as well.”
Cade, who was raised and educated in Hudson Bay, was creative and imaginative and loved the arts as well as gaming and cinema. He aspired one day to work in the arts as a cinema director.
A video on Cade’s story can be viewed on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDP-Ca7-LWI&feature=youtu.be
Career Safety Education encourages the development of awareness, attitudes and habits which result in a culture of safety affecting both workplace and home life. Career Safety Education is the first program of its kind in North America, providing universal access to safety training to all youth in Saskatchewan. Thanks to generous partners, the training is completely FREE for youth between 14 and 21 years of age.
Career Safety Education is comprised of Young Worker’s Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC), Mental Health – Wellness Strategies, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and an elective from the following: Agriculture: Online Agriculture Training System (OATS), Heavy Construction Roadbuilders: Roadbuilders Safety Training System (RSTS), Trades and Building Construction: Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT), and Healthcare: Workplace Assessment and Violence Education (WAVE).
Amanda LePine, Community Relations Coordinator, at the Saskatchewan Safety Council is grateful that the Sprackman Family is sharing their story. She comments that “Cade Sprackman had a vision and dreams to do what he loved. Parents, youth and employers need to hear his story and work to promote safety for youth while at work. We are honoured to be a part of the Cade Sprackman Safety Day and thankful for the support of partners and sponsors. Hopefully hearing Cade’s story will help to prevent youth injuries and fatalities in the workplace.”
The Cade Sprackman Safety Day is an annual event. To be involved, contact Amanda LePine at 306-757-3197.
Cade Sprackman Safety Day Schedule
9:00 AM: Weyerhaeuser – Presentation to Hudson Bay Community School
9:25 AM: Opening Remarks – Saskatchewan Safety Council
9:45 AM: Fall Protection – with demonstration – Saskatchewan Safety Council
10:20 AM: Lockout and Control of Hazardous Energy – Weyerhaeuser
11:10 AM: Break
11:15 AM: Eye Protection / Ladder Safety / Hazard Recognition – SCS
12:16 PM: Lunch Break – BBQ Sponsored by Weyerhaeuser
1:10 PM: Fire Safety with short Intro to Fire Extinguishers – Saskatchewan Safety Council
2:10 PM: Break
2:20 PM: Head Protection Presentation – SCSA
3:05 PM: Thank You and Closing Remarks
ABOUT THE SASKATCHEWAN SAFETY COUNCIL
Since 1955, the Saskatchewan Safety Council, a non-profit registered charity, has been dedicated to the prevention of injury in Saskatchewan . . . at home, at play, and at work.
Funded through donations, membership contributions, sponsorships, grants, and the distribution of its safety programs and materials, the revenues generated by the Safety Council are invested within the province of Saskatchewan to further promote safety.
Community Relations Coordinator
Saskatchewan Safety Council
445 Hoffer Drive, Regina SK
The Saskatchewan Safety Council is a registered charity.
Charitable Registration #11914-0382-RR
www.sasksafety.org | 1.855.280.7115
Are you wondering if your area will have a planned outage soon? Check Sask Power’s website to plan ahead. Click here.
When an Outage Occurs
They restore power when repairs are complete. If your neighbour’s power has returned and yours has not, there could be a problem specific to your home. Recheck your main breaker and reset it even if it appears to be on.
Occasionally, the power goes out again; this is sometimes the sign of another unidentified problem. Make sure to call us every time the power goes out (after you’ve checked your own main breaker). If power is not restored, call us toll-free at 310-2220.
This is a Facebook link to City of Regina. Very basic and kind of funny. Seems like they are teaching us how to tie our shoes. Click on the volume button bottom right to hear what they are saying.
Waste Wednesday:Watch John as he learns the four easy steps to using his recycling and garbage carts.Learn more at Regina.ca/waste
Posted by City of Regina | Municipal Government on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Yes, believe it or not this really happened to me. Here is my real life story.
A couple months ago, I was going to pick up an item I had agreed to purchase on Varagesale. Varagesale is an app that connects with Facebook and enables you to buy and sell stuff locally.
As I was walking up the outside stairs of this house, I thought I could detect a natural gas smell which usually means there is a leak nearby. It could come from a gas furnace or gas fireplace or gas appliances, etc. The mother of the girl who was selling the item answered the door and when I told her why I was there, she said she would get her daughter. I told this lady that I could smell gas and she should probably call our local gas company and have them come out and check. There is no cost for this and it’s for safety reasons. The lady either didn’t seem to really care or wasn’t comprehending what I was saying when I told her this. The daughter came out and we exchanged money and the shirt that I was buying and I left.
When I got back into my vehicle, I thought about what just happened and got the impression that the lady would not place the call so I took it upon myself to call the gas company. The person that answered my call was a bit surprised that I was calling about someone else’s property and not my own. But I explained to her that I am a Realtor and have smelt this a few times before when I had gone into properties and recognized this smell again. So this lady said they would look into this situation.
Very shortly after, I received a phone call from one of the employees of this gas company who said that he was outside this property and got a reading of 2 which he said was very high to get outside and it meant that the whole house was full of gas. He said that the people inside weren’t answering the door when they knocked and he didn’t even want to call them on the phone because that could set off an explosion. So I went back on Varagesale and messaged this person to answer her door and to get out of the house immediately as there was a gas leak and it was dangerous to be there.
She did message me later to say thanks. The gas employee also told me that I basically saved their lives by calling in the gas leak. I was both happy that no one was hurt and freaked out that something like this could have ended up in a tragedy.
So there, to all my friends and family that critique my use of Varagesale. By using Varagesale, I saved 2 lives!
PS How do you detect a leak? Follow your senses!
Use your NOSE
SaskEnergy adds an odour to natural gas so you will quickly know if there’s a problem. If you smell an odour that is similar to skunk or rotten eggs, there may be a natural gas leak.
Use your EYES
You cannot see natural gas, however if you SEE a vapour, ground frosting, or a significant area of brown vegetation, that could be an indication of a natural gas leak. As well, if you SEE continuous bubbling of wet or flooded areas, or dust blowing from a hole in the ground during drier conditions, there may be a natural gas leak.
Use your EARS
If you HEAR a high-pitched hissing or roaring noise, there may be a natural gas leak.
If you suspect a leak indoors or outdoors:
With winter soon approaching (at least not today with temps of 19 degrees), we might have a little more time to think about safety features in our homes.
Whether it is law or not, there should be smoke detectors in every building. Does every floor have a smoke detector? Are there additional ones in sleeping areas? Test the detectors regularly. Change batteries twice a year.
Carbon monoxide detectors
Do you have at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home? Test the detectors regularly. Change batteries twice a year.
Do you have solid locks on doors and windows? Outdoor light sensors? Timed indoor lights? Installed home alarm system?
Its always a good idea to have 1 or 2 fire extinguishers in the home. Have one in the kitchen (especially when I try to cook). Have another in the garage. Does everyone in the household know how to use them? Are they functional? Are they expired?
Teach your family about the importance of home security and fire safety. Ensure they know how to use preventative safety equipment. Do they know how to call 911 in case of an emergency? Design and review an escape plan for all potential situations. If you live in a 2 storey home, do you have a collapsible ladder nearby?
The City of Regina has special days to bring your household hazardous waste.
Click here to see the list of what is considered hazardous.
The next 2 days to drop off this waste in Regina are Saturday, June 25 and Sat Oct 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Drop off is at the City’s Public Works Yard at 2425-4th Avenue (entrance is on 4th Avenue, half a block east off Albert Street).