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Tree Stand Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

Did you know that 1 in every 3 hunters will fall from a tree stand in their life? No matter how long you’ve been hunting or how much experience you have, accidents can and will happen. If you or someone you know loves to hunt, make sure that they read through the following tree stand safety tips from the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association.

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Wait For a Tow Truck Safely

In this rough cold season, heaven forbid,you might need to call a tow truck if you find yourself stranded due to a flat tire, car accident or mechanical trouble. There are some important steps to follow after calling for a tow. Know how to wait for a tow truck to keep yourself and your car safe.

 

Move your car.

  • Move your car as far away from moving traffic and as far onto the road’s shoulder as possible if you can safely drive the vehicle. This will keep passing motorists from hitting your disabled vehicle while waiting for a tow truck and will make it easier for the tow truck driver to situate his truck near enough to your car to hook up the tow.

Turn your hazard lights on.

  • Turn the vehicle’s hazard lights on after you’ve moved the car safely off the road while you’re waiting to be towed. The button or switch for your vehicle’s hazard lights is usually on the steering column or the dashboard. The flashing lights will alert other motorists that your car is disabled and help them see it on the side of the road, especially at night.

Place reflective triangles around the vehicle.

  • Use reflective triangles or cones from an emergency roadside kit to cordon off the area around your disabled vehicle. Be sure to place at least one at the front and one at the rear of the vehicle and a third along the side of the car facing the road. This will help make your vehicle visible to other motorists while you’re waiting for your vehicle to be towed.

Organize belongings.

  • Get together anything inside the vehicle that you need to take with you after you’ve been towed. This should include any valuable items and any vehicle insurance information stored in your glove compartment. Organize everything so you can leave your car quickly with everything you need.

Stay in your vehicle.

  • Remain in your vehicle after taking outside safety measures until the tow truck arrives. This is important, because it will keep you safe from the elements and passing vehicles.

Use caution if approached.

  • Be careful if you’re approached by other motorists while waiting for a tow truck. Lock your doors, stay in the car and crack the window an inch to talk to them instead of rolling it all the way down. Do not leave the vehicle or accept a ride if the person approaching your vehicle is anyone other than the tow truck driver.

Get identification.

  • Ask the tow truck dispatcher for the name of the driver being dispatched to you or the identification number or license plate number of the tow truck being sent. This will help you know if the vehicle that arrives is legitimate and the driver is who he says he or she is. Verify this information before exiting your vehicle.

ITEMS TO KEEP HANDY IN YOUR CAR

 

Schumacher Electric, Jump Starter, XP400

SKU: 000810399

Amber Light Bar

Voltek 24 LED Amber Light Bar with Clear Cover

SKU: 204190001

Voltek 12V Red Plaid Heated Travel Blanket HB12VPLAID

SKU: 010035036

Warning Triangles

Warning Triangle Kit 3 Triangles

SKU: 088220019

Do It Yourself De-Icing

This is only my second year experiencing the freezing temperatures Illinois has to offer and I am still trying to adapt. A big thing for me last year was the slick icy sidewalks and the ice all over my car I was lucky enough to get to scrape off every morning! This year I wanted to try a few DIY tricks which should help to solve these issues for me this year.

DIY Sidewalk Salt

What you will need:

1 Teaspoon Dawn dish soap

1 Tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol

8 Cups of hot water

1 Large bucket

What to do:

  • Grab your bucket and mix the Dawn dish soap and the Rubbing alcohol together really well, until completely combined.
  • Add the hot water **caution** and continue to stir until everything is completely combined.
  • You are now ready to use your Sidewalk salt! All you will need to do is pour the mixture over any areas that would typically freeze over with ice.

This mix will not freeze and best of all it will NOT eat away at your concrete like the salts can!

DIY Ice Melt

What you will need:

Sugar

Epsom Salt

Bucket

What to do:

Grab your bucket and ingredients

  • Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part Epsom salt (You can use however much of the products needed to cover the trouble areas)
  • Sprinkle over the area you wish to melt the snow/ice

** This mixture will not hurt plants, ground, birds, dogs, or cats!

   DIY Frost Proofing Your Car

What you will need:

1 spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

What to do:

  • Fill the spray bottle with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water.
  • Spray down your car windows before you go to sleep or just after you get home to prevent the ice build-up on the windows!

** The vinegar contains acetic acid which will raise the melting point of water which prevents it from freezing! If you forget to do this before you go to sleep, no problem, spray the windows down in the morning and it will melt the ice away.

 Enjoy your winter a little more hassle free with this quick and easy DIY tips!