‘Tis The Season To Be Cautious: Avoiding Winter Hazards

Depending on where you are in the world, you could be relishing the prospect of a balmy festive season complete with a sun tan, sticky humidity and a beach barbecue. On the other hand, you may be about to enjoy a more traditional white Christmas complete with snow-laden scenery, icy breezes and smoky chimneys. If you are fortunate enough to be walking in a winter wonderland at the moment, you also need to be aware of the hazards that go along with the beautiful wintery vistas that you’re enjoying. This doesn’t mean being a miser and never venturing out of your humble abode for fear of slipping. Rather, you need to be clued up about how to stay safe this festive season so you can promote goodwill to all men (and women) instead of being laid up in a hospital bed with a broken leg.

There are many winter hazards out there, but that doesn’t mean we should be living in fear of them. Take a look at how you can be aware of the dangers that cold snaps can bring and how you can mitigate them.

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Your Home

There’s nothing more joyous and festive than having a roaring fire ablaze while you and your loved ones are snuggled up watching an old-school Christmas movie. You might be wrapped up in your warmest and coziest clothes, and you may have a hot chocolate in hand as you admire the twinkling fairy lights that adorn your Christmas tree. To ensure that this particular seasonal scene can be a reality you need to complete some maintenance checks in your home.

Before you light the fire for the first time this winter, it’s vital that you check that your chimney is unblocked. If you have a partially or fully blocked flue, you risk starting a chimney fire which may result in the emergency services needing to tackle a blaze within your humble abode; not a great start to the festive season.

In a similar way to your chimney, you need to ensure that your central heating system is also able to work. Even though you may not need your heating on for most of the year, it pays to fire it up once in a while to prevent the pipework from seizing up or freezing over. Every year you should have your boiler serviced by a gas registered engineer to ensure that it is safe and adequately ventilated. You do not want carbon monoxide gases finding their way inside your four walls. This hazardous gas can be fatal when inhaled. As a backup, install cheap carbon monoxide monitors into your home. The chances are that they will never alert you to any emergency, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Your Vehicle

The chances are that you will be doing some traveling this Christmas. You may be fortunate enough to be staying local and merely popping down the shops once or twice to complete your Christmas shopping, or you could be embarking on a road trip across state to visit friends and family. Either way, you must ensure that your car is winter roadworthy.

Carry out the basic maintenance checks that you would at any time of the year. It’s more vital than ever that your tires are at legal tread depths to give you maximum grip. Ensure that the antifreeze levels are at an optimum and that your heaters are working. Hopefully, you won’t be caught in a snow flurry, storm or blizzard. However, you need to be prepared should the worst occur. Pack your trunk full of food, water, snacks, blankets, a red warning triangle and a snow shovel. At least if you are stranded you can stay warm, stay fed and stay comfortable.

Sometimes you cannot account for the road hazards you find yourself contending with. While you may be a safe and responsible driver, those around you may not be. They could be eager to reach their destination and be willing to drive recklessly simply to make up time. This means you need to have your wits about you and keep your distance from these sorts of drivers. Nevertheless, you may find yourself in a road accident through no fault of your own. This could be a rollover accident, a head-on collision or an intersection bump. You can click here to find out the most common types of injuries caused by rear-end collisions; the most common winter accident caused by drivers lacking adequate brakes or becoming distracted. All you can do is keep your own driving in check and be prepared should you become involved in a collision.

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It doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 48, you might want to venture out into the winter wonderland you find yourself in to play in the snow, build a snowman and make a few snow angels. Don’t wear your sneakers or cross trainers outside only to find yourself knee deep in the white stuff and slipping and sliding across patches of ice. You may fall and break a bone, or worse still bang your head and become concussed.

The outdoor environment in winter is more hazardous but not something we should be fearful of; we simply need to prepare. Wrap up warm in layers – a t-shirt, thin body top, zip up fleece and waterproof jacket complete with scarf, gloves and hat should suffice. You need to be wearing strong and sturdy boots or wellies to give you good grip on icy surfaces and within the deeper flurries of snow.

There are a few essential pieces of kit you should always have with you when heading outdoors in the winter. Always carry your smartphone and make sure it’s fully charged before you venture outside. Should you become stuck for any reason, at least you’ll be able to call a friend to help. Never forget a basic first aid kit. Plasters and anti-bacterial wipes should be enough and could prevent any cut or bruise from getting infected.  

If you do live somewhere susceptible to ice, keep an eye on the weather forecast. If ice is predicted, scatter some gritting salt outside your door and on your driveway to prevent slipping accidents. If a weather warning has been issued and the advice is to stay indoors, heed it. Don’t be a maverick as you may be asking for trouble.

Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Follow these tips, and you can be enjoying this festive season in your very own winter wonderland.

How The Rave Scene Has Changed

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The rave scene has always been booming, even if people didn’t know about it. Right from around the 1970’s until now, it has always been a massive part of people’s lives. But how have raves changed over the years? Well, it has changed massively. From the people attending, to how they’re run, and how they go wrong. They’re loved by so many all over the world, and has the power to bring a huge crowd together just through music. This article is going to explore how the rave scene has changed for the better of the years.

The Venues

This is a really big thing that has changed over the years. Back when the raving movement first began, the raves were mostly all illegal, and all underground. Underground raves were what defines how they are today. Huge crowds would gather at these secretive locations where the music and drinks and drugs would be flowing until it was either shut down, or the sun came up. That was the excellent thing about raves back in the day. They were not monitored and really anything went. There was no security, so people could relax a lot more and just enjoy the music.

The Music

Due to technology, this is something that has changed rather a lot over the years. New sounds have been created which have really changed the rave scene, a lot would say for the better. When raves first originated, the most popular sound was EDM. It was the fuel people needed to keep going all night with it’s fast paced beats. EDM is still massively popular today, but genres such as house and bassline are now starting to take over in popularity. EDM was what made raves, and more EDM facts can be found here if you’re interested. But the new music that is coming through now is what is going to define the rave scene for years to come. There’s so many more DJ’s out there as well that are world famous. When raves first started DJ’s weren’t really a thing unless you were part of the rave scene. Nowadays DJ’s are known everywhere.

The Drugs

As taboo as this part may be, it is one of the reasons why raves are so huge today. As much as some people might not like to admit it, at festivals and raves drugs are everywhere. Sadly, they have become a lot more dangerous, and so many people each year die due to taking illegal substances at festivals and raves. This is due to drug dealers mixing what they put into the drug in order to try and make more money. When raves first started there was none of this happening. The drugs were pure, and not that many lives were lost. But, festivals and raves are bringing in new things to try and prevent any more deaths. A lot of festivals have tents where you can go and have your drugs tested to make sure there isn’t anything harmful in them.

3 Times When It Is Advisable To Call A Lawyer

A lot of adults have never needed to use a lawyer before, which means that most of us don’t have our own personal lawyer on speed dial. There are some people – namely people in TV shows and movies – who have their own lawyer who they call on for everything. All they have to do is pick up the phone, and their lawyer is there.

There is a common misconception that in real life, we don’t need our own personal lawyers because few of us will ever need the help of a lawyer in our lifetimes. However, the fact is that there are certain times when it comes pay to call a lawyer and get some expert legal help.

Wondering when those times are and why you might require a lawyer at one point or another?

To find out when you may want to call a lawyer, read on.

3 Times When It Is Advisable To Call A Lawyer
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  1. If you’ve been injured in an accident

Whether you slip over at work on a water spillage that has no warning sign next to it or are in a car accident which was caused by another driver, you may want to consider calling a lawyer. The fact is that if you’ve been hurt and the accident was in no way your fault, then in order to make a claim and get the compensation that you are owed, you will need a lawyer on hand to help you, and not just any lawyer, a specialist injury claim lawyer. (Wherever possible, it’s always best to contact a specialist lawyer, rather than just a general one.)

  1. When you’ve broken the law

Have you accidentally broken the law? If you ever find yourself in a bit of sticky situation where you’ve broken the law, the first thing that you should do is call a lawyer. It’s always best to call a criminal defence lawyer, such as a specialist from now, as they are more likely to be able to help get you out of the situation that you are in, than a general lawyer can do. If you don’t have the phone number for a specialist lawyer, you can always get a friend or relative to search for a suitable lawyer for you.

  1. Should you need to know your rights

If you are every in a situation where you need to know your rights, such as a custody fight with your ex-partner, for instance, the best thing that you can do is call a lawyer. Regardless of what the situation is, if you are ever in a position where you need to know your rights, it’s a good idea to call an expert to discuss the situation and what your next steps should be.

You may not have a lawyer on your speed dial like you see on TV shows and in the movies, but at one point or another, you may need the help of a lawyer, and for that reason, knowing when to call one is important.

Treat Yourself. You Deserve It

Sometimes we forget to treat ourselves, especially at this time of year. We’re so focused on treating other people, and so focused on making sure everyone else is happy that we forget to focus on number one. Make this year different. You deserve a treat more than anyone else. Every girl loves a spot of shopping as well, so why not have a little splurge for once. A lot of the time you’ll see things and be desperate to buy it, but will choose not to because of money etc. For once, take the chance to make yourself happy with a few ideas below.

Sometimes we forget to treat ourselves, especially at this time of year. We’re so focused on treating other people, and so focused on making sure everyone else is happy that we forget to focus on number one. Make this year different. You deserve a treat more than anyone else. Every girl loves a spot of shopping as well, so why not have a little splurge for once. A lot of the time you’ll see things and be desperate to buy it, but will choose not to because of money etc. For once, take the chance to make yourself happy with a few ideas below.
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Shopping With The Girls

A day out shopping is just what you need to make yourself happy, especially when it is with the girls. There’s just something so fun about walking around the shops, having a giggle, and looking at all the wonderful clothes that seem out of your price range. But there are going to be some things that you love and know you can afford. Don’t go too overboard and put yourself out of pocket, but if you see a nice top you like don’t be afraid to buy it. If you want to make a day of it, go for lunch and a few drinks so that you’ve had a full and good day out.

Online Shopping

Us girls can be a little lazy. Sometimes a trip to the shop is just too much effort, especially at this time of year. If you’re wanting a quick treat, online shopping is the way forward. If you don’t want to spend too much straight away, you could try credit cards for online shopping. They’re a quick way of buying anything you want, without sacrificing the money you’ll need to spend on gifts for other people. They work just like normal credit cards, and most of them won’t make you pay anything back for months. Plus, sometimes it’s really easy to get carried away with online shopping, isn’t it? You’ll put one thing after another into your basket, and before you know it you’re 10 items and $200 deep into a shopping spree. That horrible feeling of picking what to remove won’t exist if you try a credit card.

Holiday Shopping

Shopping doesn’t have to be all about clothes. One of the best things you can do is shop for holidays. Plus, all of us girls really do get to the point where we need a holiday from time to time. A lot of travel agents will let you spread the cost as well, as long as you can pay a deposit. It’ll make life easier for you, and give you something to look forward to in the new year. You can also try last minute deals if you’re desperate to get away sooner rather than later. There are some really wonderful destinations that you can travel to see some amazing Christmas markets if you’d like to do something this side of the year. Or there’s some incredible beach destinations that have your name on it.

Taking Care of Yourself, and Everyone Else, This Christmas

Taking Care of Yourself, and Everyone Else, This Christmas

It’s the time of the year, the decorations are up and now you will more than likely be travelling across the country, or even hosting, seeing loved ones and getting the chance to relax, forget about work, and blow off some steam. But, while it is encouraged to make the most of your vacation this holiday season, it is essential to ensure that you take care of not just yourself, but others as well.

The holiday season is all about giving back, spending time with family and friends and basking in the merry cheer of the occasion. It can be easy to be swept up in the hustle and bustle of making appearances and socialising and everything that comes in between, so just take the time to consider the ways to help not only yourself but those you will be spending time with, too.


Sleep patterns will be disrupted; there may be a few more hangovers than what you’re used to, you might even have to go up a belt size when it’s all said and done. This is fine. Everyone is allowed to overindulge over Christmas.

What is crucial, though, is to make sure that at the end of the day, everyone gets home safely. You’re allowed to have fun, but be sure to keep an eye out for anyone who may have overdone it a little bit. Otherwise, their next trip will only be made possible using something like an NC limited driving privilege. With all the driving and movement that will occur over the following thirty days,  people need to remember to stay safe and sensible.


We all feel full of love over Christmas; it’s infectious. It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in the occasion and only focus on yourself, and those around you. And that’s okay! It has been a long year, and wanting to spend time with those closest to you is understandable.

But, there are some who aren’t as fortunate as many people. Some who won’t be popping crackers and failing at charades in between food coma attacks come late December. The Christmas period is busy, but if you can find the time, there are a whole host of charities and organisations that will help make someone else’s Christmas just that little bit more bearable.


Look, it’s just one day out of 365. The best thing you can do for yourself, and everyone else around you, to remember that if something goes wrong, it is not the end of the world.

Mistakes are bound to crop up here and there, but everything seems to be much worse around this time of year. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong and while everyone else around you if having a meltdown over undercooked greens, remembering to keep calm can save the celebrations, and probably some relationships, too.


Christmas should be a time of joy, but we’re only human, and we’re prone to letting things get out of hand. Hopefully considering this advice will allow you and your family to have a healthy, happy Christmas.

Why Learning Should Be A Lifelong Venture

For the first sixteen or eighteen years of our lives, we are forced into learning. Because of this, many of us choose to relinquish the burden of study at the earliest opportunity. It can be hard to love something that has been thrust upon you. However, once you’ve taken that short break from the formalities of learning, you can begin to miss the quest for understanding new concepts. A newfound hunger for learning can develop which you need to harness quickly while your enthusiasm is at its peak. Even after college or university, you should continue on your learning journey. Read onto find out why.

Why Learning Should Be A Lifelong Venture
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Learning Makes You The Ideal Dinner Party Guest

If you’ve ever been round to your friend’s house for a dinner party, you know the importance of being sat next to someone interesting and charismatic. There’s nothing worse than being sat next to an individual with very little to say for the entire soiree. If you’re a lifelong learner, you’ll know the most weird and wonderful facts and be able to recount all sorts of information to the person sitting next to you. You may be able to bond with them over prehistoric epochs, the discovery of the atom or the latest issues regarding GM farming.

Learning Makes You More Employable

Just because you’ve been to university doesn’t mean you are instantly a shoe-in for the best jobs with the highest salaries. It’s vital that you continue your learning in a professional setting and utilise the study aids available to you. Structured learning resources for professional qualifications such as the Yaeger CPA Review can help you achieve the highest grade with the use of flashcards, practice exams and video lectures. As you develop industry-specific qualifications, you’ll be able to ascend the dizzying heights of the corporate ladder more easily and command a higher wage.

Learning Keeps Your Brain Active

When we take on new knowledge, we are keeping our brains healthy and active. We are able to construct new ideas and develop thoughts about topics that we’ve never considered before. It’s well documented that a sudoku or a crossword a day can help those in their twilight years from becoming senile and forgetful. As a lifelong learner, you’ll have a headstart and be able to enter your retirement with a dynamic brain and quick-fire thinking.

Why Learning Should Be A Lifelong Venture
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Lifelong learning doesn’t have to be about taking formal exams or studying at an institution. Learning to love the act of learning may be reading a book, keeping abreast of current affairs via the Internet or developing a new skill. It’s never too late to begin learning something new. You may want to learn a new language, take a dance class or have a go at painting. Learning can enhance our lives and keep us satisfied, content and happy. Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to learn something new or develop a different skill in 2018.

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