Focus on your health, safety

2009 is here and there already has been many interesting events across Canada, ranging from winter storms to numerous motor vehicle accidents, as well as some spectacular fires.
It may be difficult for Canadians to have their minds focused on their health and safety these days given many of us may be worried about the state of the economy in Canada and the rest of the world.
The doom and gloom the media—mostly the television news media—reports on hour by hour certainly doesn’t help people in a positive way.
Many Canadians have been traumatized by the constant negative reports on the economy, as well as the wars in different parts of the world.
A few years ago, the media interviewed an elderly lady who was in her late 90s. She was asked how she attributed her well-maintained health and peace of mind.
“Don’t watch television, listen to the radio, or read any news if it is dismal,” she responded.
Why be subjected and conditioned to constant negative news? You don’t need to be!
Some recommendations for an improved lifestyle change is to exercise more, whether it be to start walking, swimming, yoga, or sign up for an exercise class (as always, consult a physician before engaging in any type of exercise program to ensure it is right for you).
Meanwhile, support one of Canada’s oldest and natural industries—the forest industry—as well as yourself by taking up a woodworking class or purchasing a book.
Reading books is something you don’t outgrow. Books are wonderfully affordable, as well as time well-spent for peace of mind.
In terms of emergency preparedness, are you prepared for a winter storm at home or while travelling in a vehicle? Get your emergency preparedness guide at and take the time to read it.
Your local fire and rescue service may have additional hard copies.
When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms, installed new batteries, vacuumed them according to the manufacturer’s instructions, purchased new ones because your current ones were more than 10 years old, and practised your home escape plan?
For peace of mind, contact your local fire and rescue service for any questions and concerns.
Take responsibility for our health and safety now—and take care of what we have!
Tyler J. Moffitt is a volunteer firefighter and emergency responder, as well as a continuous improvement advocate.

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