Prepare for Winter Driving
Actions to take if stranded:
• Park completely off the traveled portion of the road.
• Set out warning lights or flares.
• Stay in the vehicle and turn on 4-way flashers.
• Run the engine sparingly and keep exhaust free of snow.
• Avoid long exposure and over-exertion – shoveling in bitter cold can kill.
• Use a candle in a coffee tin for heat.
• Keep fresh air in the vehicle by partially opening a sheltered window.
• Exercise in the vehicle by moving your legs and arms.
• Wear a hat as you can lose up to 60 per cent of body heat through your head.
• Do not let all occupants sleep at the same time and keep watch for searchers and other traffic.
Winter Survival Kit
• Ice scraper and brush
• Booster cables
• Methyl hydrate (fuel line de-icing)
• Shovel and tow rope
• Sand or kitty litter
• Hatchet or axe
• Flares or other signal aids
• Candles and coffee tin
• First aid kit
• Granola bars, candy, sugar cubes
• Blankets/warm clothing
• Cellular phone
• Extra Batteries
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What is AMD (age-related macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a condition of the eye that affects adults as they age.
The condition causes damage to the retina which can result in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula).
Macular degeneration can make reading, watching television or recognizing faces difficult, often leaving only enough peripheral vision to conduct basic activities of daily life.
There are two forms of AMD – wet and dry. The dry form accounts for over 80% of AMD cases.
What are the most common symptoms of AMD?
• Blurred vision
• Shadows or missing areas of vision
• Distorted vision (example: grids of straight lines appearing wavy with blank parts)
• Difficulty distinguishing between dark colours and between light colours
• Slow recovery of visual functions after exposure to bright light
Who is affected by AMD?
As its name indicates, AMD is “age-related”, meaning that as we age, there is an increased chance of experiencing this condition.
What causes AMD?
The leading risk factors of AMD include genetics, aging, smoking and other oxidants such as pollution, exposure to solar radiation, use of photosensitizing drugs and insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables.
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