Dangerous Jobs For Thrillseekers

What do you look for in a job? Flexible hours, good salary, light workload? Or maybe you’re after something a bit more exciting. Maybe you’re looking for a job that will keep you on your toes. There are some jobs out there that do exactly that. They aren’t the kind of jobs that involve sitting around in an office all day. Some of these jobs can land you in real danger every single day, but you’ll get paid a good salary in return. If that sounds like a good deal to you, here are some of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Fisherman

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Fishing doesn’t seem that dangerous, it’s just a load of guys sitting around waiting for a bite. It might be like that when you go fishing in a river, but commercial sea fishing is a different game. It’s so dangerous that there’s even a TV show about the guys that head out to sea to catch all of the fish that we eat. The weather out there gets pretty crazy and it’s so easy for you to be thrown from the ship in a storm. Once that happens, you don’t stand much chance of surviving. There’s also loads of heavy machinery around that can easily cause injury. It’s a tough life living out there, but there’s lots of excitement to be had if you’re up to it.

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There are a million ways that you can get hurt on a construction site and it’s made all the more dangerous when people ignore health and safety regulations. If people are operating heavy machinery like cranes without a rig mat from somewhere like http://northernmat.ca/products/rig-mats/, you risk the whole thing toppling and landing on the workers below. There’s the risk of electric shocks, burns from all the nasty chemicals floating around, falling hazards, injuries from heavy lifting. Those are just a few of the plentiful ways that you could do yourself some serious damage on a building site.

Garbage Men

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There can’t be that much danger in being a garbage man surely? You just chuck the garbage in the back of the truck and go on your way. What you’ve got to remember though is that there is a lot of heavy crushing machinery back there and if you ever get caught up in it, you’re in big trouble. On top of that, you never know what you’re going to come across in the trash. There could be all sorts of dangerous chemicals or other things lurking in there.

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This is a pretty obvious one. When roofers are up there fixing the roof of your house, they risk falling down and injuring themselves. But that isn’t very likely actually. Roofers know the dangers of falling and they take measures to avoid it. The sun is actually a far bigger problem for roofers who might not always realize the danger. Being so high up, especially in the summer, means you’re getting blasted with the sun all the time. It’s very easy to get sunstroke while you’re up there and make yourself incredibly ill.

If you think you could handle these jobs, they pay you well for the danger they put you in.

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Get With The Times: Taking A Traditional Business Online

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It’s a strange time for a lot of well-established business owners. If you’ve been running a small, traditional business for a long time, then you might feel as though the world is moving around you at a pretty overwhelming pace. When you’re in this position is can often be tempting to hide away and retreat to the same old working methods that have seen you in good stead until now. Well, the truth is that, as the song goes “the times, they are a-changin'”. And as the time’s change, you need to be willing to change with them. One of the most important ways in which even the most traditional business can benefit from moving with the times is to get online. Of course, if you’ve never had much experience running an online business then that can often seem a little intimidating, but it really is easier than ever before. Here are a couple of simple things that you can do to get your business online.

You need a website

The most important thing for any business that’s looking to embrace the digital world is a website. No matter how much the internet has changed over the last decade or so, the website is still the central hub of many businesses online presence. Don’t assume that you need the help of expensive professional designers and programmers when it comes to building a website. Sites like http://WebsiteBuilders.com can help you compare and read reviews of various website building tools and services so that you can find one that’s right for you. Making a website has never been so simple, and it really shouldn’t take you more than a couple of days to create something that you can be proud of.

Learn about SEO

If you’re going to take your business online, then you need to make sure that you’re aware of the ways in which you can promote and market it. One of the most important things to learn about is SEO or Search Engine Optimization. That might sound like jargon but it basically just means being able to ensure that your website is always at the top of the results on sites like Google. There are plenty of ways to do this, and it’s best to do as much research as possible. But the important thing to remember is that you need to combine well written, engaging online content, with the kinds of keywords and phrases that your customers are most likely to search when they’re in need of products and services like the ones that your business provides.

You might feel as though all of this is unnecessary and that you’ve never needed these kinds of things in your business before so why should you need them now. However, the truth is that as time goes on, there is less and less room for offline-only businesses. That might not be the ideal situation, but it’s the one we’re faced with. You need to make sure that you’re moving with the times or else you run the risk of your business falling down around you.

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5 Car Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid

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Maintaining your car correctly costs money, but failing to maintain it can cost even more. Here are five mistakes to avoid to keep you spending less on your vehicle.

Forgetting to check fluids

Cars have all kinds of fluids under their bonnet nowadays. Some modern cars have warning lights to tell us when these fluids are low, whilst others rely on us checking them manually. Make sure that you are keeping all these fluids topped up – if they run dry it could cause extra damage to parts. These fluids include oil, brake fluid, washer fluid, engine coolant and power steering fluid.

Letting tires go flat

Underinflated tires won’t just cause the rubber to wear – it could have a knock on effect on other parts of your car. Your vehicle is likely to use up more fuel when driving on underinflated tires and braking is likely to be less effective. One underinflated tire meanwhile could put the whole car out of balance, causing steering to pull and possibly affecting the camber. The moment you think those tires are looking spongy, it’s worth getting some air in them. Just don’t overinflate them, because this can be just as bad.

Ignoring warning lights

Warning lights appear for a reason, yet it’s surprising how many people ignore them. You should always consult your vehicle manual or take your car into a car repair centre to diagnose what the problem is. Fixing it early could prevent catastrophic damage later down the line. Occasionally electrics will play up and tell you there’s something wrong when there isn’t – be careful when this happens as a faulty light could stop you from actually knowing when a real problem arises.

Cheaping it out on repairs

There are lots of ways to go cheap on repairs from going DIY to ordering partially worn parts. Some people may even shop around for the cheapest repair centre, only to settle with a dodgy mechanic making up for a bad reputation with low costs. Whilst you make think you’re saving money this way, you could in fact be creating new faults later down the line. There are times when paying extra for specialist treatment can be of benefit such as finding a European auto repair service for a European car. Above all, read reviews and testimonials so that you know the type of service you’re getting.  

Not considering seasonal maintenance

Different seasons may bring different types of maintenance. The most obvious is winter in which a car battery can die if the engine is not regularly started up. You may even benefit from switching up your tires for winter tires during this season. In the summer, you may want to keep a keen eye on engine coolant levels as well checking that the air conditioning is working properly. 

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The Stress You Don’t Need When Moving Home

Did you know that many recent polls indicate moving home as one of the most stressful, if not the most stressful, events that can happen in a lifetime? Much of that stress is down to the process of selling and buying a home and the many legal or financial complications that can arise from it. But the actual moving day itself can play a huge role, too. A stress-free move isn’t impossible, however, and we’re going to look at problems that can get in the way of it.

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Moving through a mess

Organising all your furniture and possessions can already be enough of a struggle, but if you’re doing it with a lot of unnecessary additions then it becomes even more burdensome. The best way to make packing and moving much easier is to give yourself less to work with. Long before you start packing, do an inventory of everything you own in the house. There are plenty of ways to get rid of unwanted items, from selling them to donating them, as shown by Allianz. Clutter isn’t just going to give you more work, it’s widely acknowledged to be an inducer of stress, as well. Strip down your belongings to the essentials.

Doing five things all at once

Getting rid of your unwanted goods can immediately cut down the workload, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to still have a lot of work to do. Rather than picking one task at a time to tackle out of a seemingly endless list of chores, make a moving schedule. Schedule a day for packing in different rooms, for getting in contact with your movers, for cleaning the house one last time and more. As packing can often take the longest time, it’s a good idea to get started with that before anything else. The clean, on the other hand, should be done as late as possible when you have fewer boxes obstructing the task. Managing your time well is crucial. Plan enough in advance, and you can escape the threat of a looming deadline.

Packing without a plan

Packing isn’t all about finding enough boxes to fit all your stuff. You can make both your life and your movers’ jobs significantly easier by taking a more organised approach as shown at Real Simple. For one, think about where your boxes are going to go and make it easier for them to find the right destination. Label them with the rooms that they’re supposed to be going to. You can make the system even more efficient by using post-it notes in different colours to differentiate them. Right before moving day, place them so they’re easier to move, with the largest boxes and furniture being as close to the front door as possible without getting in the way.

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Taking care of your own car

If you’re moving a short distance, such as in the same state or the same town, then driving your own car from the old home to the new isn’t much to worry about. You can even save some money by using your own space to transport some goods instead of using a larger removals van. However, if it’s a trip across state lines, then it’s well worth considering how services like Jayde Transport can help. It might cost a little more to use them, but having it transported for you allows you to take a plane instead of having to drive all day and all night. That gives you one less thing to worry about until you’re ready to pick it up from the depot.

Doing it alone

Depending on how much you have to move and how far you have to move, trying to go it alone can be difficult to the point of recklessness. It might include multiple trips and even multiple days to complete the move. By the time you’re done, you’ll be so exhausted that the prospect of unpacking becomes unbearable and your first night in the new home is a miserable experience. If you have the budget for it, it can save a lot of time and effort to hire a moving company. However, you can save money by asking friends to help, as well. Just make sure you get them a gift to show your appreciation if they do.

Having one plan

Always assume that your plans can go pear-shaped. If you’re planning on using a moving company, be aware that they might have to cancel with little warning. For that reason, always have a backup ready. Have a friend waiting on standby to help if you really need them. Check the availability of other moving companies and see if there’s one you could hire with very short notice. You might end up paying more, but it beats having to delay the move entirely if your initial plan falls through.

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Not having an overnight bag packed

You have to be aware of the fact that your move might not be complete within a single day, either. You could arrive before your possessions, especially during a cross-country move, or you could find yourself arriving when it’s already late in the evening and it’s going to be difficult to get the beds unpacked. Even if you don’t want to do it, plan for an overnight stay without the majority of your possessions. Bring sleeping bags and pack an overnight bag so you can stay comfortable and get some sleep even if you’re not able to set up in the new home just yet. Your overnight bag should also contain some of the most important documents proving you’re the new homeowner in case you arouse any suspicions.

Moving home can be stress-free, but that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed. Make sure you’re in the best possible condition to deal with the hassle of moving day. That means getting a full night’s sleep beforehand and keeping yourself fed and hydrated for the ordeal to come. It can be trying enough already, you don’t need to be tired and starving on top of the stress.

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How Do You Know If You’re Really Healthy?

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The word certainly means something different to us all, but it means well. Because when you’re looking to be healthy, you’re keen to do something good – be something good. Health is precious; but it’s not always to know when you’re is in a good a position as you’d hope it would be. Sometimes, your bad habits can creep in, or the things that you consider to be healthy turn out to be worse for you than you think. So, it really can be difficult to know whether something really is good for you or not. And how are you meant to ever really tell? Well, if you’re keen to work out what’s best for you, here’s how can you can do it.

Get A Medical

Of course, the most obvious way to find out how healthy you are is to head to your doctor’s office and ask them! Getting a medical seems like something you need to do when you’re sick, or you’re worried about your health. But it can even be something good to get every once in a while – just to make sure that you are actually healthy. Because your vitals won’t lie. Speak to your doctor about your currently lifestyle and habits and see what they think – they’ll be able to tell you if you need to make any healthier changes.

Write A Diary

Another great idea for you to be able to work it out for yourself if to keep a health journal. This can be something that seems hard to do, especially if you’re worried about remembering to write in the diary in the first place, however it can be a great way for you to be honest with yourself and track how you’re progressing. By writing down your daily activities, along with what you eat and drink, you’ll get a good picture of your lifestyle overall.

Get Educated

Sometimes, the only way that you can really know how healthy you are, is to know more about food, exercise, and everything in between. By reading up on things that you do, like smoking or yoga, and even investigating things you’re considering, like the AlgaeCal plant calcium side effects, you’re going to be more educated. Then, you can use your education to make healthier decisions going forward.

Track Your Progress

Just like writing a diary, you should consider tracking your health progress with photos too. Progress photos can be great if you’re trying to get into a healthy weight range. Sometimes, scales just aren’t right. But tracking your progress with photos can show you just how healthy you’re becoming.

Know Yourself

Above all else, you should know in yourself if you feel healthy, and how to ensure that you can make changes for the best. Because how you actually feel in yourself is often the best and most accurate indicator. If you feel run-down and lifeless, then it’s a general indicator that you need to make a change. But if you feel full of energy and life, then you know that you’re on track. So know yourself and listen to how you feel, and you’ll always stay on track.

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There’s Gold In Them There Hills: Finding Income From Property

As you get older, it becomes clear that to really secure your future and live comfortably, one job might not be enough. Those with real financial smarts look for other ways to find income. A second-job is one of the most time and energy inefficient ways of doing it however and just isn’t healthy for most people. Could property be the answer you’ve been looking for, instead?

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Becoming Mr. (Or Mrs.) Landlord

By far the most common thought when it comes using real estate as a source of income is to buy-to-let a property. It’s an industry as old as time and with more people turning to rental properties rather than buying homes straight-up, it’s a growing field with opportunities still out there for the taking. However, how profitable it is depends on how hands-on you are willing to be with it. You have responsibilities as a landlord that have to be fulfilled somehow. You can take care of maintenance, repair, advertising, and finding tenants yourself at little cost. Or you can choose to partner up with an agency that can do much of the heavy lifting for you. If you go down the latter route, make sure you get a thorough idea of how the agency works, not just in advertising, but the quality of tradesmen they use for repairs and so on.

In the biz

You don’t have to rent out to private individuals, either. Depending on where you are and the increase in new business, you could make more money per square foot by renting out space to business owners, as well. There’s a new industry growing around this as well. If you’re willing to run the building like a business and be thoroughly involved in its upkeep, you could run your own co-working space. Many freelancers and small teams that can’t afford their own property will instead come together to share a single working space. As a property owner, it offers you a broader market to target instead of relying on one income source.

Life’s a beach

The final rental property we’re going to look at is the idea of buying a vacation home. Vacation homes are significantly higher value than most other kinds of property. In time, its worth will likely increase so you can always rely on the fact that you can sell it even if it isn’t making much of a return through rentals. As popular as vacation homes can be, after all, they are largely dependent on the calendar. Most will not make even a fraction of what they earn when it’s “in season” for tourism in that particular location. Then again, there is the added perk of owning your own vacation home to use as you like.

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Good soil from growing

It’s not the most traditional option nowadays, but once upon a time land was most valuable because of the income that could be made from farming. There are still plenty of teams like Ranch Marketing Associates, LLC selling high-quality ranches that could end up being a valuable enterprise in their own right. There are more ways to make money from a ranch than by raising livestock or planting crops, however. You can run businesses on the side such as using it a tourist destination, using it to care for horses or rent them out for rides. If the land is picturesque, then that’s plenty of profit potential there alone. Don’t underestimate the value of good rural land.

Land with value

In general, don’t underestimate the value of land itself. When people think of real estate, they think of buildings, but sometimes the land can be significantly more valuable. If you’re able to get your hands on a large portion of land in the right place, it could be one of the most passive, hands-off forms of income you might ever find. As BWAB says, your mineral rights alone could make you a lot of money from oil and gas companies. Then there are other ways your land might be valuable such as logging offers if you own woodland or selling it to a real estate developer down the line. Of course, it’s not a good idea to buy land based on the speculation it might one day be valuable. It’s better to choose land that already has value, such as a ranch, with the knowledge that the volume of land might provide extra value down the line.

From flip to flip

Flipping houses is a high-risk, high-reward way to invest in real estate. It’s all about purchasing homes at well below market price, developing them, and selling them for a significant profit. Becoming a real estate developer takes a lot of work, so it’s not likely to be a side-gig or an extra source of income as opposed to a particularly lucrative main source of income when you get it right. But you have to know not only how to add value to a property or negotiate. You have to know the market with pinpoint precision, being able to tell which markets are up-and-coming and which potential buyers they best appeal to and how to target them.

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Get those dividends

Most of the examples above demand that you think of real estate not like any other investment, but rather like an asset that you use as a tool to make money or that you improve before selling. However, another way of taking a hands-off, passive income approach to real estate is to use investment platforms like Realty Shares to join up with other investors and developers. Rather than being responsible for the property yourself, you use some knowledge of the market to choose the right investments, often providing capital to a developer, and hoping for a return. Some people see it as a riskier move to make yourself less responsible for the property, but it’s a good option for those who don’t want real estate to take up too much of their time.

There are a lot of ways to supplement or even get your base income from property. Renting might be the most commonly used option, but it’s not the only one. Real estate is a broad market, with plenty of opportunities for enterprising minds. Could it be the revenue stream you’ve been looking for? Could it be where you thrive?

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Are You Putting Yourself At Risk By Doing These Things Every Day?

Many people don’t realize that the habits they form and do every day can seriously impact their lives – either in a good or a bad way. Most of the time, little habits can seem innocent enough, but in reality they are wasting your precious time on this earth and distracting you from what’s truly important.

Take stock of your life and ask yourself whether you do these things every day. If you do, then it could be time to stop:

Hydrating With Caffeine

Many people start their day off with a cup of coffee, and if studies are anything to go by, a couple of cups in the morning is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, coffee in small amounts has the potential to be good for you. That being said, drinking coffee well into the afternoon can easily disrupt your sleeping pattern – switching to something caffeine free is a better idea. It’s important to remember that lots of other things contain caffeine too, from fizzy drinks to chocolate. Make sure you’re limiting your caffeine intake, or you could find yourself restless and anxious. Drink plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages too!

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Spending Countless Minutes/Hours Online

Spending too much time online is not good for us. If you work online, then there isn’t much you can do, but you should make an effort to get away from the computer and spend time outdoors if you can. Take regular breaks, and don’t sit in front of the screen for too long. This is another thing that can mess with our natural circadian rhythm, as well as cause untold amounts of stress. Don’t live your life online and make sure you interact with real people instead.

Driving Dangerously

There are many road accidents every day, all over the world. Many of which could have easily been avoided. If you’re casually checking your phone while driving, changing CDs, or taking your eyes off the road at all for any reason, you are driving dangerously. If you’re driving too fast, or even too slow, this is also driving dangerously. Driving without indicating, driving without making sure your car is fit to drive, all of these things amount to dangerous driving. You owe it to yourself and other road users to pay attention at all times, and make sure your car is fit for the road. While there are companies like Morris James Personal injury Group who specialize in helping after an auto accident, you don’t want it to get that far. Make sure you drive safely, and you won’t have to worry. Everybody thinks that it won’t happen to them, until it does.

Getting Up And Going To Bed At Different Times

Another one about your natural body clock and circadian rhythms. If you’re getting up and going to bed at different times, as well as snoozing your alarm, you’re wreaking havoc with your body’s natural rhythm. You should be getting up at very similar times each day, as well as going to bed at very similar times. You’ll get into a natural pattern this way, and you should fall asleep easier and even be able to get up without an alarm. You just need to ensure you’re consistent, and do this on weekends too. You’ll never feel fully rested if you fail to do this. Sleep is crucial, and less than 6 hours a night is as bad as having none at all. We should all be getting at least 7-8, although the actual amount can vary based on factors like age and activity level.

Indulging In Obvious Bad Habits

There are the obvious bad habits, such as drinking and smoking that you should avoid too. Drinking once in a while may not be so bad, but drinking too much too often is a huge risk on your body. Organs already have big jobs to do, without you putting poison into your body on top of this.

Reacting To Situations Without Thinking

When you react to a situation without thinking, you can easily cause more problems for yourself in the long run. For example, a problem with a colleague or even a family member. Do your best to stay mindful at all times, and think before you react.

Ignoring Small Issues Until They Get Worse

Small issues, such as niggling back pain or constant headaches, for example, can get worse until you end up seriously hurting yourself or ending up in hospital. It’s a good idea to have these things seen to as quickly as possible. Even if you think it’s nothing, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Door to Door? Be Safe and Courteous!

So, you’re going door to door, are you? Well, whether it’s distributing fliers, selling items, handing out notices, getting sign-ups, and, whether it’s volunteer work, selling for a school or organization, a full or part-time job getting the word out, letting people know of an event or lost pet, or any other legitimate reason, etc., there are some things to know.

Go When You Can Be Seen

Firstly, do go when you can be seen, that is, during the day. Morning and early evening is ok, too, so long as there is sufficient light for someone to see what you look like. If it’s too dark to see what other people look like, then it’s too dark to be going door to door. For one, you might not see the potential assailant. And, for those whose homes you are going to, you’ll appear as just a dark menacing shape to them and, they may be extra suspicious of you, and for good reason. In some cases, their reaction may be extreme. Some years back, I heard of a guy getting shot as he and his group were knocking on doors, selling items to people. They had gone out late at night and one person, thinking it was a home invasion robbery about to start, shot one of the door to door salespeople.  Most people won’t react to that extreme, but they may not open the door, and probably won’t want to listen to what you have to say, and you won’t have a chance to get them the information or make the sale. During the daytime, those same people, seeing what you look like instead of some dark, menacing shape, will be much more likely to welcome you, as they are much less likely to feel threatened.

 

Go to the Front Door

Obviously, if your going door to door requires actual contact with the resident, you be going to the front door. But, even if you’re just distributing literature with no need to contact the resident directly, it’s still always a good idea to go to the front door. Even if there’s no adequate place to put the flier. If there really isn’t a place or way to put the flier in the front door area, then skip that house. If neighbors see you going to the garage, or especially, the back yard, they could rightly become suspicious and call the police on you. Always only go to the front door area!

Also, if you come up to a house and the front door is ajar or fully open and no one is there, skip that house. It’s most likely the owner just forgot to close the door and is probably inside, but, my feeling is that, if something in the house goes missing, you might be held liable and suspected of theft, even if you had nothing to do with it. It’s just a measure of self-protection that I believe in.

Finally, don’t place items you’re distributing in the resident’s mailbox or mail slot. I know in the United States, it is illegal to place non-postal or non-postage-paid items in any postal receptacle or slot, and this may be the case in other countries, too.

Respect “No Soliciting” Signs

I still distribute fliers and I do respect “No Soliciting” signs. While it’s most likely true that most people who put up those signs don’t want their doorbell rung or the knock on the door and wouldn’t mind the simple placing of a flier at their doorstep, it’s still a good idea to pay heed to those signs, regardless. When people see that you respect their wishes, they tend to respect you more. And, only if you are not selling something, if you see someone outside of a home with a “No Soliciting” sign, it’s ok to ask them if they want the flier. I’ve found that the resident will accept the flier much more often than not in these cases.

Sometimes, you will come across variations of the “No Soliciting” sign, such as “No Peddlers or Agents”, or simply a “No Trespassing” sign. Other wording, too, can tell you that they mean, “No Soliciting”, so do read and pay attention. In the case of the “No Trespassing” sign, if it is on a gate leading to the back yard and not in the front door area, then I’ll still go to that house, since they most likely mean, “Stay out of my back yard!”. But, if it’s on the front door or window, then I skip that house.

Sometimes you may by chance be at a house, then somehow spot a “No Soliciting” sign so small and obscure that an eagle would almost need glasses to read it! In these cases, unless you’ve made contact with the resident, it’s best to just skip that house. But, a word of advice to those of you who have put up a “No Soliciting” sign, please, don’t make it so small that it requires a magnifying glass close up to read, and don’t put it in an obscure place where someone is not likely to look. It keeps more of them from disturbing you and also allows them to skip your house and waste less of their time. Just a two-way courtesy where both sides win.

So, just pay attention to this advice and your door to door selling or distributing has a much better chance of going  without incident.

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10 Ways Your Job Could Be Damaging Your Health

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Your day job is more dangerous than you may realise. Whilst you may not have the imminent dangers that a firefighter or bomb disposal technician faces, there may be more long-term and hidden health risks within your line of work. Here are just a few ways that you could be doing damage to your health in the workplace and how to minimise this harm.

Sitting down too long

Got a nine to five desk job? Sitting down all day could be doing all manner of physical harm to your body. Too much sitting down can waste away the muscles in your stomach and cause you to get overweight. Those craning over a desk meanwhile can cause damage to their spine and neck over time, whilst constantly bent knees can lead to these joints getting affected. Physical inactivity all day meanwhile has been linked to cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

There are ways to combat some of these health risks. The simplest solution is to force yourself to get up more. This could include putting a phone on the opposite side of the room so you have to get up to answer it. There are even standing desks, which can allow you to use your PC whilst standing up. Another option could be to simply exercise more out of work hours. If you commute to your workplace by car but live nearby, you could even try walking or taking a bike. There even options whilst you’re at work – deskercises are exercises that can be performed behind a desk that allow you to stay active and can combat all the various health risks of sitting down all day. There all exercises out there for people with driving jobs that may see them sat behind a wheel all day.

Standing up too long

Those that don’t have a desk job and are constantly on their feet may also be putting their bodies at risk. Too much standing up can cause excess pressure on the hips, knees and ankles. This has been linked to musculoskeletal disorders such as heart diseases. Like sitting down all day, it can also cause heart problems.

Whilst these jobs may not give you the option to sit down frequently and take a break, there are still ways to limit the physical damage. Wearing comfy orthopaedic shoes can relieve the pressure on your joints. There are shoes in all professions that can ease this pressure. Heels are definitely not recommended for a job that requires you to be on your feet all day – these will speed up the damage to your joints. Taking the pressure off your feet whilst not at work can also help give your joints a rest (you can still do sat down exercises!).

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Noise exposure

Many jobs can leave workers exposed to high levels of noise which can cause hearing loss. Whilst some workplaces have to provide ear protection by law such as airports, construction sites and shooting ranges, other workplaces such as nightclubs and busy pubs don’t. Wearing ear protection is advised in any job environment which regularly exceeds 85 decibels, which includes nightclubs. If you don’t want to wear earplugs, you should at least consider taking a noise detox after every shift (i.e. not playing music loudly in your spare time or going to noisy places). This will give your ears time to recover and potentially allow damaged cells to rebuild.

Poor lighting

Working in a dimly lit environment can put a strain on the eyes and cause damage to your vision. This is especially the case with tasks that involve reading or looking at something closely. Contrasts in lighting can also be bad for the eyes. For example, staring at a bright computer screen in a dark room can cause strain.

Make sure that there’s always sufficient lighting in the work environment. As for computer screens, programmes such as Flux are useful to download, matching the lighting on your screen to the time of day to minimise the contrast. Try to minimise screen glare from the sun in summer as this too can cause eye strain.

Repetitive motions

Many jobs can cause people to develop repetitive strain injuries resulting in joint diseases such as tendonitis and arthritis. The most common RSI (repetitive strain injury) is tendonitis in the fingers as a result of too much typing on a keyboard. Many manual labour jobs may also come with their own unique RSIs.

Most of these repetitive strain motions aren’t easy to pick up until body parts start hurting. In cases, such as typing, it may be difficult to regularly take a break. There are programs out there such as Albion StopNow which can tell when to take breaks from typing to protect your joints. These breaks could be used to do other jobs such as using the phone, researching – or even doing some deskercises!

Poor air circulation

Poor air circulation indoors can lead to respiratory diseases such as asthma. With nowhere to escape dust and vapours from chemicals are more likely to enter the lungs and cause damage. Unclean air conditioning meanwhile can cause serious health problems and has been linked to the deadly lung disease Legionnaires.

An easy way to combat poor air circulation is to always keep the workplace well ventilated by keeping a window open. If the office faces a busy road, it could be worth fitting an extractor fan instead – this will stop pollutants from outside getting in the office. Air conditioning units meanwhile should be regularly cleaned out to avoid dust and dirt building up in them. Professionals can be called in to do this job.

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Unclean equipment

Many tools in the workplace can get regularly handled but never cleaned. These tools can often end up carrying bacteria which is spread amongst colleagues. This can cause illness to be easily spread. A common culprit is computer keyboards. All it takes is someone who is ill to sneeze on a keyboard and for another colleague to then use it. Computer keyboards meanwhile have been found to carry other bacteria as a result of crumbs falling between the keys and going mouldy, consequently causing illness.

It’s worth always giving such equipment a quick clean. It may even be worth giving your keyboard a deep clean once a year by taking all the keys off and wiping beneath. You can buy special cleaning kits for these items.

Chemical exposure

You don’t have to work in a scientist’s laboratory to handle chemicals. Many workplaces use chemicals for cleaning, although may not always use correct health and safety precautions. These chemicals can cause reactions in some cases that may result in rashes or respiratory problems.

You should always refrain from mixing cleaning chemicals and ideally use gloves when using such chemicals to prevent rashes on the hands. COSHH offer various health and safety laws concerning the use of chemicals – it could be worth talking to your employer if you do not think these rules are being put into place.

Too much coffee

Okay, so few jobs require employees to drink coffee. However, for many a regular cup of coffee comes part and parcel with the job. Too much caffeine however can cause high blood pressure, which can contribute to various cardiovascular problems. It can also cause dehydration and insomnia.

Try drinking less coffee throughout the day and more water. Whilst this may not wake you up like a hot cup of Americano, it’s far healthier and good for your concentration. Herbal teas may be a solution for those wanting a hot drink that’s healthy.

Work related stress

Constant stress at work is thought to be as bad for your body as smoking. Stress increases the blood pressure and leads to all manner of cardiovascular problems (it’s thought to be one of the biggest causes of heart attacks). It can also affect sleep and digestion, whilst muscle tension from being stressed can cause the body to feel tired and achy.

If your job is stressful to the point of being unenjoyable, it’s generally a good decision to find another job – even if it is well-paid your health is more important. If you can cope with the stress and otherwise find your job rewarding, it could be worth focusing on different ways to relax in your spare time. Taking a bath at the end of each day, drinking herbal teas, listening to music and meditating can all relieve stress. You should also consider how you get to work – commuting for many can be a stressful process that can often be made less stressful by taking alternative transport or doing a relaxing activity whilst commuting.

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Alleviate Your Car Safety Worries

People have a lot to say about the fact that cars have a lot of technology to them today, but that’s only a natural progression when you think about it. Gone are the days in which three wheelers were seen hurtling down the road, and we no longer have the luxury to spot some horse-drawn carriages running through the streets. However, these old time stylings are more than made up for by the amount of ‘smart’ cars we have available to us, and how they can make the world of automobiles a little safer.

Cars are made to last a little longer than they used to be, and that’s largely due to people knowing manufacturing tips and tricks, and how to talk to the mechanic. Information being a lot more accessible means we’re a lot more secure in our vehicles, so use this to your full advantage. Here’s a few little tips on keeping your car a little safer when you’re out and about.

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Know About Car Recalls

When it comes to the first step in keeping a car road worthy, you need to stay up to date on any new information about your make and model. If the car designer needs all models brought back in for a safety check, make sure you’re one of the first to get your vehicle back to the dealer.

Don’t let yourself ignore any warnings about this, as you could be seen as driving with a ‘defective’ vehicle, and that’s not good for you or your insurance rates.

Park in the Right Places

When you’re driving around a busy city, or even in the countryside, try and find yourself an official parking space, lot, or garage in order to store your car safely and cleanly. Try and find an area that’s lit and in view of the road, especially if you are driving along a back lane near some fields, as you want to be able to find your car again if you live the vehicle.

Similarly, if you live next to the road, try and park your car in view of windows and doors, as this means there’s always a possible eye kept on them.

Keep the Interior Clean

Your car interior is like another dimension when you enter it, and if it’s dirty and cluttered, you’re not going to feel too great about your surroundings. Jackets and towels all over the backseat? That’s not going to be nice to spot in the mirror. That funny smell coming from the takeaway cup in your door? Where’s the next bin you can stop off to deal with it when you’re on the motorway? Keep your car clean, and you’re going to go far in your vehicle.

If you have a neat car, the inside is going to look extremely boring, and that’s a good deterrent. It also means your car is going to last that little bit longer, as no nasty particles are going to be able to dig their way into the engine or any door and dashboard mechanisms.

You know, if you keep the windshield and rear window sparkling clean, you’re going to be able to see better and a lot more, as no grimy areas are going to obscure your vision. Just sprucing up your interior, and maybe the exterior, could very well make you a better driveway.

Know Your Legal Options

Legal options can be intimidating to even think about, but often enough the law is on your side when it comes to the rules of the road. If you do get into an accident, don’t let yourself panic about it. You have plenty of options open to you, whether they be in terms of insurance or otherwise.

Speaking of, we hear a lot about cars being written off by insurance companies, but you don’t always agree when it comes to spending money on a beloved car! Try and get a second opinion on your vehicle, and then see what write off category it’s in. If you can prove it’s still drivable this way, you should be all set. If you were in an accident that caused a huge amount of damage to your car, be on the lookout for car accident attorneys that go the distance, instead of the alternative. If you know where to look, it’s going to be a lot easier to get plenty of coverage for any problem you may run into (or runs into you).

Road safety vigilance is really all you need.

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