26 Nov 2016

Female: As the school year draws to a close, now is the time for you to register your child for summer camp.

Male: Of course, a lot of classes to choose from. You need to make sure you know the questions to ask before you enroll as well. News Channel Five Christina Noce has your back this morning. Live in West Palm Beach with some warning signs to look out for. Christina.

Christina: Hey Mike, Ashley, good morning. There’s tons of Toronto summer camps that you can choose from. Some are more educational and some are more active. Active is really good, what a lot of parents are looking for with their child. Here at Gymnastics Revolution, we’re going to do some flips for your this morning. There are some more advanced things that I haven’t done in years, that I could probably do, but I know what my limits are. That’s kind of a big safety thing that coach Darian is going to do with the kids here. They kind of know their progression and they’re not going to force them to do something that they’re not comfortable with. We’re going to do something quick that he’s been showing me this morning. Hitting the trampoline first, right? And then tucking? Okay?

Darian: With your seat, drop on the ground just like this.

Christina: Okay.

Darian: Then you bounce up and you jump up.

Christina: All right, here we go.

Darian: Drop, and [inaudible 00:00:57]. Very good.

Christina: All right. That’s kind of a safety that we did this morning. Let’s talk about safety tips for you and for your child, when you’re going to be enrolling them in a summer camp, to look out for. Make sure that the summer camp is accredited and fully insured. That is something that you can easily find online, just by making a few calls. Make sure they’re CPR trained. That they have background checks done. Ask how fast they’re going to progress your child in whatever that they’re doing. Will the camp be driving your child anywhere? The owner of Gymnastics Revolution says they take a lot of safety precautions at their gym.

David: Here, all of our coaches are certified. They’re USAG-certified. Background checked. What that means is they’re taught proper progressions.

Christina: Basically that means you’re child won’t come here on day one, and be doing the flips that we’re doing. They’re going to progress them easily. They also have two to three people at every time that are CPR trained and have a direct button to fire and rescue. Maybe by the end of the summer, you can start doing something a little more cool, by the end of the camp. Reporting live from West Palm Beach this morning, Christina Noce. WPTV, news channel five.

 
To understand more about summer camp certifications or if you have any concerns or questions, please contact:
Camp White Pine Summer Camps
40 Lawrence Ave W
Toronto, ON M5M 1A4
(416) 322-6250

19 Nov 2016
Many homeowners today are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, and they are actively making decisions about home décor, maintenance and more that are beneficial to the environment. If you are like some homeowners, you may have heard mixed things about how environmentally friendly hardwood flooring is for the environment, and you may wonder if this is a beneficial material to add to your home. Before you make the final decision about which type of flooring to move forward with for your home, consider these points.

The Type of Wood
Wood flooring can be made out of everything from bamboo to oak and more. Because it is a natural material, it is more environmentally friendly for use in your home than a synthetic material, such as laminate or linoleum. However, there is a concern about wood products leading to deforestation, and this is why you need to pay attention to the type of wood used in hardwood flooring. Consider, for example, that bamboo wood grows at a much faster rate than oak, and it is therefore more easily replenished in a natural setting. Because of this, bamboo wood may be a more environmentally friendly solution than some other types of wood. You can research the growth rate of different types of wood to help you make a more informed buying decision.

The Longevity of Wood
Some wood flooring can remain a beautiful addition to a home for decades or even for a century or longer when it is well-cared for. Other types of flooring may only remain in a home for a couple of decades, and it will later wind up in a landfill. If you have an eye on the environment, the last thing you want to do is make a decision that will lead to even more landfill waste, so a hardwood flooring option may be a wise decision to consider. Keep in mind that this environmentally friendly product will also add sophisticated style and even value to your home for many years to come.

As you can see, there are many benefits associated with the use of real wood flooring in your home. However, not all types of wood flooring are the same, and some are more environmentally friendly for you to use in your home than others. Now that you understand the differences in types of wood flooring, you can make a more informed decision about your home décor choices. If you would like to learn more, visit Relative Space and check out their online resources.

18 Nov 2016

Each home is different and your heating and cooling system choice will be dependent on your special circumstances and requirements. It is, therefore, worthwhile taking some time to identify what you need. Other vital HVAC aspects to consider include the following:

Getting HVAC ContractorsAmong the biggest mistakes often made by many homeowners is to just compare the AC equipment costs, and not also compare the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning contractors or dealers they would be purchasing it from. Even the best heating and cooling system, when installed by unqualified or inexperienced HVAC contractors could potentially end up costing you thousands of dollars in repair costs over the long-run.

Some of the clear indications that your installation contractor might not have the necessary qualifications to handle your HVAC equipment include arriving in a truck that lacks Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) number. Be cautious if they are not willing to offer you service and maintenance guarantees.

Financing Your Air-Conditioning

For many people, getting an air conditioning system is typically prompted by the need for comfort. However, what turns to be a major factor is the cost of purchase, installation and annual operation. You may, therefore, want to calculate the cost of operating an AC system per year to establish whether it is something worth investing in.

Understanding all the available options should be your first step towards picking the right AC system for your home. Did you know, for instance that it’s possible to rent the equipment for an affordable monthly rate during the critical months rather than purchasing the equipment?

HVAC Maintenance

Proper and regular maintenance of your air conditioning system is critical toward making sure it operates efficiently and serves your house for many years. The best time for getting your AC serviced is just before the onset of the cooling season.

Some municipalities in Canada have enacted by-laws limiting the acceptable levels of noise from air conditioning equipment. Confirm with the local municipal office in case such by-laws are applicable in your area or if there are any additional requirements under the Canada’s Energy Efficiency Act of 1992 that you may be required to meet.

In some Canadian Provinces, it is illegal for residents to release HCFCs into the open atmosphere. Only select HVAC contractors that are known to practise refrigerant recovery and also have the proper training and equipment to do so.

Conclusion

Heating and cooling your home can become one of your biggest monthly expenditures, accounting for between 35 and 50% of total energy costs annually in colder Canadian areas. When it comes to installing or replacing your HVAC system, choosing the right system and qualified HVAC contractors could affect not just your wallet and the environment but the health of you family.

18 Nov 2016

Hardwood flooring has always been popular, and for good reason. It offers durability, minimal maintenance, and health benefits for people with allergies. Those benefits, along with a few others, have been causing more and more people to choose wood flooring for their homes. Production has both increased and relocated to meet the demand, which is unlikely to decrease any time in the near future.

A Growing TrendSeveral factors are driving the increase in demand for hardwood flooring. Most industries have recently seen a shift towards natural and sustainable products, and the flooring industry is no exception. People who want the natural look tend to choose wood over carpeting or tile, so the increased interest in natural products has served the industry well. Health concerns are another factor. Allergies are becoming more common over time, and people want to avoid carpets that can trap dust and pet hair in their home.

Economic factors are also encouraging the shift towards wooden flooring. Popular wisdom says that hardwood floors can increase a home’s value, so they’re a popular choice for renovations. Their durability also makes them cheaper than carpeting in the long run, which makes it popular with the tiny house movement and other groups that are building new homes on a small budget. The real estate industry in North America is also rebounding after several years of decline, which is encouraging people to build new homes for profit. Many of these builders are choosing hardwood flooring to appeal to environmentally-conscious consumers.

Shifting Westward

The increase in demand is leading to increased production, but that production is not spread evenly all over the world. In general, the production of hardwood flooring has moved towards Europe and North America, while China has actually seen a decrease in production in recent years.

Several trends are contributing to the shift towards western production. Many people who choose wood floors for environmental reasons prefer to buy local products in order to cut down on carbon emissions from shipping. Most of those consumers live in Europe or North America, so they choose wood that comes from those regions. Other consumers are concerned about the quality of floors that come out of Chinese factories, and they are opting for other sources to prevent potential problems. The final contributing factor is the consumer preference for certain woods, including oak and ash, which do not grow in large quantities in China.

Looking Forward

Production is likely to increase for as long as the demand for wood floors continues to grow. Since the move towards environmentalism and cost-efficiency shows no signs of slowing, demand is likely to increase for several years to come. That is an excellent sign for the wood flooring industry, which will most likely prosper in the future. If you want to learn more, you may be interested in checking out the resources at Fuse Flooring.

17 Nov 2016

Locks act to keep us safe. But in some cases, these same locks can be a great inconvenience, especially if keys are misplaced, stolen or locked in.

No one enjoys being locked out of their home. Therefore, everyone is advised to have an emergency number in hand. A trustworthy locksmith will help you solve whatever lock issue you might have. Here are a number of reasons why you might need to call in an emergency locksmith.

When Locked out of Car

Emerging a situation where you are already late for work and on trying to find your keys to no avail, you realize that you locked them in your car. This can be really infuriating. More so, if you have to start asking for a locksmith’s number. However, if you have one in your emergency contact, your lock will be open in no time and you will be on your way to work.

When Locked out of your Home or Office

There are many reasons why you might get yourself locked out of your home or business premises, including misplaced keys, stolen keys or having locked your keys indoors. When this any of this happens, instead of breaking your windows to try and get in, consider calling a locksmith. Locksmiths help you access your office or home without causing damage to your doors or windows.

Lock Replacement

If you recently bought a new property and are moving in, you might feel the need to change locks. Also, if you misplaced your keys and are afraid that they might get into the wrong hands, then it is worth calling your locksmith. They help you protect your property by changing locks and ensuring no unintended parties have access.

Key Duplication

If your friend or relative recently moved in with you, you will need an extra set of keys so that they can get in and out freely. Locksmiths ensure that your keys are duplicated in no time.

Broken Keys

Many people never think about their keys breaking. So, they take every other measure including keeping extra sets of keys so that they are never locked out of their premises. In so doing, they think a locksmith will never be required, only to be surprised by broken car locks or house keys breaking in the keyhole. Skilled locksmiths able to repair broken car locks and remove broken keys without damaging the locks.

Bottom Line

Never underestimate the importance of a car lock. When any of these issues begets you, you get to understand just how important these professionals are. Therefore, it is advisable that you keep an emergency locksmith’s contact on hand, just in case such issues arise. More information can be found at Lock-Up Services Inc.

16 Nov 2016
According to reports, some moving companies in America are doing what they can to help out women who are victims of domestic violence. Movers from these companies are helping them escape dangerous situations by moving their belongings free of charge. This is just one way that a moving company can give back to its community.

Giving Back to the Community

One moving company said that it chose to do this after seeing what these women have to deal with. After seeing firsthand how difficult it was for victims of domestic violence to move, the company knew that it had to help and give back to the community.

Another company said that it started getting calls a few years ago from women who sounded frantic, as if they needed to move quickly. After receiving a few of these calls and helping the women move, it caught on to what was going on. It was at this point that it decided to do something more to help.

Making a Difference

Moving companies have already made a difference, according to domestic abuse shelters around the country. One domestic violence shelter said that its local moving company has already helped more than a dozen women move their belongings free of charge to get them out of dangerous situations. The shelter explained that the predators often have access to the women’s bank accounts, so the women try to stash what little money they can around the house. This alone is dangerous because, if the predator finds the stashed money, he will know that something is up. The less money a women needs to get out of a bad situation, the quicker they can leave.

Donations

Moving companies aren’t just moving the women’s belongings for free. They’re also helping the women get back on their feet by donating belongings. Other families that move may leave behind unwanted furniture or other items, so the movers donate these to the domestic violence victims, some of whom have nothing.

Moving companies that offer this kind of service really help out domestic violence victims. Studies show that women are often embarrassed to ask their friends and family for help. In some cases, they’re worried that the information will leak back to the predator. Being able to rely on a third-party to remove them from the situation makes the entire process easier. This is even more true when the third-party is doing it free of charge. The more moving companies that pitch in to help, the more domestic violence victims can be removed from bad situations. If you visit the Hudson Movers website, you may be able to find more information.

10 Nov 2016
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The furnace in your home is designed to last for approximately 25 years, but in some cases, it is a good idea to replace the device before it stops working completely. You might wonder what the signs are that indicate that it is time to replace a home’s furnace, and these are the things that you should look for before contacting a heating company to have a new furnace installed.

 

1: A Home’s Furnace Is Requiring Numerous Repairs

Most homeowners need to have a furnace repaired occasionally, but if you must call a heating technician frequently, then it is time to have a new furnace installed. The cost of a repair to a furnace can get expensive when you consider the charges for labor and parts along with surcharges for weekend or nighttime services. You and your family are also inconvenienced by needing frequent service calls to fix a furnace because you might need to stay in a hotel until a repair person is available.

 

2: It Is Difficult to Get Replacement Parts for a Furnace

If your home’s furnace is old, then getting replacement parts is difficult. A technician keeps extra parts on a service van for fast furnace repair, but when a furnace is an older model, they will need to order replacement parts from a warehouse. It can take days or weeks to receive a rare replacement part, and during this time, your home is not going to have adequate heat. To avoid this situation, it is time to have a furnace replaced with a new model.

 

3: A Furnace Is Making a Lot of Noise

When you have a furnace that is making a lot of noise, there is something wrong with its components. Not only is a loud furnace annoying, but also, it can indicate that something is breaking down inside the device. If a mechanism inside a furnace malfunctions, then it is possible that the device will overheat, leading to a fire. Alternatively, there might be a blockage inside a furnace that is creating a noise, and if a furnace doesn’t have proper airflow, then you can have a buildup of gases such as lethal carbon monoxide.

 

4: Your Monthly Heating Bills Are Increasing

If you notice that your monthly heating bills are increasing, then you probably need a new furnace. Old furnaces were manufactured before there were strict requirements concerning fuel efficiency. When you have a new furnace installed, it must use less natural gas or electricity, leading to a huge reduction of your heating bills. While you are having a furnace replaced, the technicians will often replace some of the ductwork, creating better airflow that heats your home quickly.