This page is set aside for Safety Alerts and useful hints on safety issues
When Turning Right at a Road Junction
If you are stationary in a car at junction waiting to turn right, do not turn wheels facing the turn, keep them straight ahead. If you are then shunted from behind you will go straight ahead instead of into oncoming traffic!!
A Local Coltishall business is promoting Ice and Snow Traction grips to fit over male and female footwear.
HOT NEWS for COLD DAYS !
Use our GET-A-GRIPS and avoid becoming a statistic even from a short walk in icy conditions.The important advantage of our grips is that they ‘bite’ into the ice as you walk.
In an article about super heating and microwave ovens, Professor Joe Wolfe of the University of New South Wales notes that such events can take place when the following conditions are present:
* Using a container with a very smooth surface, such as an unscratched glass or glazed container. * Heating for too long. * Quickly adding a powder, such as instant coffee (or sometimes even an object to stir it). * Standing with one's face above the container makes injury more likely. Professor Wolfe's article graphically illustrates the result of super heating water in a microwave in the form of a video of such an event occurring.
Super heating occurs when the liquid is heated to a temperature greater than its normal boiling point. Wolfe explains that the “superheated state is unstable, and it can very rapidly turn into liquid at the boiling point, plus a substantial quantity of vapour.” Thankfully, some simple precautions can minimize the chance of injury due to super heating. Professor Wolfe suggests the following strategy for avoiding super heating related injuries (quoted material in green):
* Before putting the water into the oven, insert a non-metal object with a surface that is not smooth. (e.g. a wooden stirrer. A wooden skewer or ice cream stick will do.) * Use a container whose surface is at least a little scratched. * Do not heat for longer than the recommended time for the quantity of water used. * Tap the outside of the container a few times with a solid object while it is still in the oven. Use a long object so that your hand remains outside the oven. Alternatively, and still keeping your hand outside the oven, insert a stirrer while the container is still in the oven. (Thus, if vigorous boiling occurs, most of the boiling water will strike the inside of the oven.) * Keep your face well away from the open oven door and from the container.