Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety


The sun seems brighter. The days longer. Fruits taste sweeter. The music of ice cream trucks fills the neighborhoods. The kids are out of school. It may not say so on the calendar just yet, but it is here…

Summer has arrived.

This is the time to celebrate and enjoy. Gather up your family and friends, fire up the grill and throw a block party. These are the days we look forward to the most, the ones that we live for. We may have jobs to go to but it somehow feels like our schedules are freer. The traffic not as congested. All in all we’re in a great state of mind!


One thing to always remember is Safety. Summer Safety is imperative. During these relaxing days it’s easy to forget about it but don’t.

Summer Safety Tips

  1. Food Safety – All perishable foods should be refrigerated within 2 hours. If the temperature is higher than 90 degrees, refrigerate within 1 hour. Be mindful of cross-contamination. Keep uncooked meats and contaminated utensils from touching other foods. In order to avoid food poisoning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends poultry be cooked to 165 degrees and beef to 145 degrees.
  2. Grill Safety – Clean grill grates of grease to prevent flare-ups. Check and clear ventilation tubes. Never use a grill in an enclosed area or near anything flammable. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Once lit, NEVER pour more lighter fluid on coals!! Do NOT let children play or run near the grill!
  3. Water Safety – Never swim alone. Keep a close eye on children around water. Know how to properly administer CPR. Alcohol should be avoided when swimming or boating. Drowning is a silent killer so be extremely vigilant of those around you. Many child drownings occur when parents or other adults are just a few feet away.
  4. Sun Safety – Sunburn and heat stroke are serious business. Stay hydrated while outdoors.  If you feel faint or nauseous, get into a cool place immediately.  Always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply often to prevent burns. Read and follow sunscreen directions. People are often surprised by how frequently it should be reapplied. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and a hat for added protection.
  5. Travel Safety – Always wear your seatbelt. NEVER text while driving. NEVER drink and drive. Keep all distractions to a minimum. Carry a map or updated GPS system when traveling an unfamiliar route. ALWAYS have your vehicle serviced prior to any road trip.

Summer is here so get out there and enjoy!!!


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Earthquake Preparedness


By now the world over has heard the heartbreaking news of Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. With the death toll at 4,000 and expected to rise, the devastation is beyond imagination. The injured numbers more than 7,000. Rescue efforts are underway for two hundred climbers stranded on Mount Everest by an avalanche triggered by the quake. International aid had already begun even as aftershocks continued to tremble the ground.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms. Today’s technology has allowed us a heads up in the event of those, sometimes they can be narrowed down to the very moment of arrival. Tornadoes can be unpredictable but meteorologists are able to predict the possibility of them and once located, are able to track them fairly accurately. But earthquakes…

Earthquakes are not as easy to predict. For years seismologists have been predicting a large earthquake would hit the area of the Himalayas between India and Nepal. And this was certainly it.

Earthquakes are terrifyingly destructive particularly for those regions where high seismic activity and low quality construction meet. However, earthquakes can happen almost anywhere, at any time so preparedness is key.

Earthquake Preparedness Tips

  • Assemble an emergency kit. Medicines, first aid supplies, food and water.
  • Make and practice a family escape/communication plan factoring in many different scenarios. Ex: What will you do if you’re at work and you’re children are at school? Know your safety zone.
  • Secure and/or brace shelving, mirrors, breakables. overhead light fixtures, etc.
  • Move breakable dishes, glassware to lower cabinets.
  • Install safety latches on cabinetry to prevent breakables from falling out.
  • Secure hazardous chemicals in lower cabinets with safety latches.
  • Hire a professional to assess the building’s structure and follow their suggestions.
  • Call your gas company. In higher risk areas, gas companies may install an automatic shut-off valve that is triggered by ground vibration.
  • Make needed repairs to foundation, cracks in walls, or any other structures that are in need.


For more information on Earthquake safety go to http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes.

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The Bunions and Bursitis Blues




♫♫Oh yes it’s true, some people have The Bunions and Bursitis Blues!♫♫

Alright so maybe we don’t have a Top Ten Hit on our hands but for a lot of people, Bunions and Bursitis pain is nothing to sing about. They’re both extremely painful and can have a decidedly negative affect on your activities of daily living.


Bunions - Bony protrusions that form on the joint at the base of the big toe.  Bunions occur when the big toe is repeatedly pushed against the other toes. This causes the joint to turn creating an abnormal bump to form as well as bothersome pain. Bunionettes (smaller bunions) have been known to form on the joints of the little toes. Often bunions form as a result of wearing “too” tight shoes that cause crowding of the toes. They may also be a result of a medical condition (arthritis),  heredity, congenital deformities, foot injuries or jobs that cause added stress to the feet.

There are many treatments available for bunions such as R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation but also Orthotics, Medications and Surgical options.



Bursitis - Inflammation of the Bursae. The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as a cushion between the bones, tendons, joints and muscles. Bursitis is a painful condition that can affect the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, heel or base of the big toe. Bursitis may be caused by repetitive motions, extensive overwork, prolonged sitting or standing, arthritis, gout or infection.

Treatments available for bursitis are R.I.C.E. but also Medications, Injections, Padding, Assistive Devices (Canes, Crutches), as well as Surgery.




Many people choose to self-treat both bunions and bursitis but if you are experiencing frequent or extended flare-ups, you should see a doctor for further treatment.

One of the best things you can do is wear comfortable shoes!!! Stay away from daily high heels and RUN from any shoes that are too tight!!! Oshatoes® are a terrific option for anyone who needs the protection of a steel toe and doesn’t wanted to compromise Comfort for Safety. Simply slip our reusable steel toe overshoes…over your regular comfy shoes and you’re all set!




Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.


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Earth Day 2015


Earth Day is a global event observed on two different dates, dependent upon the area. Some observe Earth day annually on April 22, others choose to observe it on the March Equinox. Earth Day is not a public holiday and is not to be confused with Earth Hour – a time in which countries around the globe commit to reduce their carbon emissions in order to fight climate change.

Earth Day is a time to celebrate ” with outdoor performances, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to earth. Typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches. Some people are encouraged to sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction.  Television stations frequently air programs dealing with environmental issues.” – www.timeanddate.com


The Earth Day that is observed on April 22 was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Originally created to bring awareness to ecology, the increasing problems associated with air, water and soil pollution, and respect for the planet.

The Earth Day observed during the March equinox, also called Equinox Earth Day, was founded by John McConnell. Margaret Mead, an American Anthropologist, joined in the support of this Earth Day in 1978. She believed the March equinox made it easier to share the event worldwide.

How can you celebrate Earth Day?

For starters : You can celebrate it EVERY DAY!

REDUCE – Shrink the size of waste products. Use fewer paper products on a daily basis. Compact boxes and trash so they take up less space. Be conscious of how much electricity you use. Group errands that must be made with your car to help reduce emissions and gas usage.

REUSE – Don’t buy single use items. Donate old clothing, shoes, furniture, books, … to thrift stores. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Pinterest and other online sites make it easy to learn new ways to use old products.

RECYCLE – 50% of landfill items could be recycled. Recycling gives your old items new life. It’s very easy to set up recycling with your local disposal company or simply drop the items into bins you find in your community. Glass, Metal, Aluminum, Paper…can all be turned into new items.

RESTORE – Give new life to those dusty, outdated, less flashy items cluttering up your garage. You can turn an old headboard or footboard into a bench. Old windows may be cleaned up and repainted to become picture frames. Turn an old rusty tricycle into a plant stand.

REPLENISH – Give back to the Earth. Plant a tree or even a garden. Think of ways the Earth can benefit from what you plant. Planting a tree helps clean the air, may bear fruit and can become a home to wildlife. Wash your car with rain water.





By making a few changes, we can all help Mother Earth and her resources, not only last, but hopefully thrive as well. When you Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore, and Replenish, you’re Saving :

  • Energy
  • Money
  • Natural Resources
  • Landfill Space
  • Even the Air we breath by Reducing Pollution


Happy Earth Day 2015!

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Bike Rider Safety


Bike riding. Everyone does it or has done it, hence the reference ‘ it’s like riding a bike’. People bike ride to get from here to there. Some ride for fun. Some ride out of necessity. But anyone who rides, needs to practice safety. Today’s post is dedicated to Bike Rider Safety.

Bike Rider Safety Tips

  1. ALWAYS wear a helmet!!! We cannot stress this enough. Helmets aren’t only for children, they’re also for adults. Wearing a helmet can cut your risk of serious injury by 85%. 
  2. Be Vigilant. This means being aware of your surroundings. Look ahead. Do not look down at the road. Keeping your head up allows you to see possible danger and increases your ability to react in a timely manner.
  3. Maintenance. Keep your bike in proper working condition. Check tire pressure, lubricate chains, inspect brake pads and gear shifter.
  4. Unless it is a tandem bike, never allow anyone to ride with you. One bike = one person.
  5. Ride single file when riding with a group. Keeping plenty of space between yourself and other riders increases your reaction time. .
  6. Traffic flow and traffic lights sometimes separate groups. Plan checkpoints so stragglers can catch up.
  7. Plan your route in advance. Stay away from busy, congested or high traffic areas. Familiarize yourself with an area before biking there.
  8. Always ride on the right side of the road with traffic. Never ride facing traffic. Many people mistakenly assume that will help them see oncoming dangers but it increases your risk for an accident and/or a ticket.
  9. If riding alone, let others know your route and expected return. If you don’t return by that time, they’ll know something may have happened.
  10. Uses hand signals. Know the hand signals for stopping or changing lanes.
  11. Be SEEN day or night!!!! Always wear reflective and/or high visibility gear.

OSHATOES® has High Visibility T-shirts and Vests that are comfortable and easy to wear.

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OSHATOES® hopes you’ll practice safety everywhere you go.

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Slippery When Wet



A good friend called me earlier today. She was at her son’s baseball game and, although it was pouring down rain, the powers that be decided to continue the ballgame. At that point, you  could no longer see home plate. She was lamenting the typical woes that baseball parents know so well – the dreaded white baseball pants which were already stained orange from the mud and also that she was disappointed  to find herself ill-prepared for her current situation. The officials finally called a game delay in order to dig home plate out of the mud hole where it was residing. My friend took a towel to her son so he could dry off a bit. Unfortunately she was wearing flip flops. Yep, flip flops in the pouring rain with mud everywhere. Not a great combination. Due to her flip flops she slipped and slopped all over the ballpark. She said she managed to maneuver herself and remain upright until she got out of the mud and reached the concrete. That, my friends, is when my dear friend’s rear got up close and personal with the pavement! She fell and she fell hard! 

Now the point of this is not to share my friend’s embarrassing incident. Okay, maybe it is a little. The real point is to make you think about having a sound footing, getting a grip so to speak. If only she’d been sideline ready for any event. She would not have to live down this unfortunate fiasco. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, was gathered under the small awning to keep out of the rain. Many just stared and gawked, laughing away at her situation. Some offered assistance, though they were also cracking up.

On the other hand, had she been ready for inclement weather, this tragedy would not have occurred. (I use the term tragedy because that is how she will describe it in the future. Also she’ll embellish the heck out of it!) As I listened to her describe with great detail the events as they unfolded, I tried very hard to keep my lips zipped. I knew she wouldn’t want to hear ‘I told you so’, so I refrained. Until….let’s face it, she knew what type of audience I would be as soon as she called. I am all about OSHATOES® and she knows it.

As I stifled my laughter, I gently reminded her that my car contains every necessity required to be game ready. I take my job as a sports parent seriously. I have a first aid kit complete with burn creme. I’ve never needed it but it’s nice to know its there. I have sunscreen, bug spray, umbrellas, even extra cleats. I also carry a pair of OSHATOES® along with a pair of slip on sneakers in the event of nasty weather during sandal season. OSHATOES® are slip-resistant and fit over your existing shoe!

No, I’ve never been in the Scouts but I agree with that whole, Always Be Prepared motto!

We have OSHATOES® for everyone. Have a small foot? We’ve got your size. Larger feet? We’ve got you covered. Somewhere in the middle? Yep, got those too.

We have a large inventory with several options for you to choose from. Trust me. We have what you’re looking for at the price you need!




By the way, my sweet friend ordered her OSHATOES® and they’ll arrive before the next ballgame!



Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.

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