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What to Do If You Get Frostbite

Frostbite in winter
So, it, it seems as if the winter weather/wind chill advisories just keep coming, and while this wind chill chart can help you be better prepared if you have to go out into dangerously cold weather, you still need to be watchful for the signs of frostbite.

Frostbite isn’t just a feeling you get when your nose or ears get really cold. It’s an actual injury caused by freezing that results in the loss of feeling and color in affected areas. Most often, the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes are affected, but any exposed area is at risk. Damage can be permanent, and severe cases of frostbite lead amputation. Continue reading

Hypothermia a Real Threat during Extreme Cold Weather

Hypothermia RisksWhile frostbite is a more common result of exposure to cold weather, hypothermia is a real concern, as well. A much more serious condition than frostbite, hypothermia results from the body losing heat faster than it can create it. The result is that body temperature drops to dangerous levels.

With prolonged exposure to the cold, the body’s stored energy will get used up and hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, sets in. When body temperature gets too low, the brain is affected and the victim is unable to think clearly or even move well. That makes hypothermia even more dangerous, since the person may not even know it’s happening and, therefore, can’t know to do anything about it. Continue reading

Treating Pain in Your Dog

treating-dog-painIf you’re like most people, you reach for aspirin, ibuprofen or some other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, when you want to relieve pain. So it should be no surprise that NSAIDs also are the most commonly used pain reliever for dogs.

NSAIDs help control pain by relieving inflammation – the body’s response to irritation or injury – which is what makes them so effective for arthritis and other joint pain, as well as muscle aches and post-surgical pain. Continue reading

5 Ways to Keep Winter Allergies at Bay

winter allergyWinter can be just as hard on allergy sufferers as summer is. For many, it can be even worse. You can help reduce the suffering with these five tips:

1. Use HEPA filters in your furnace: Granted, you don’t get true HEPA filtration without a sealed system, but the additional filtration that HEPA provides traps as much as 30 times more allergens than a standard filter.

2. Regularly rinse and dry the water reservoir in your humidifiers. Quite often, people refill their humidifiers without emptying the old water. But the older the water, the more likely bacteria and mold are growing in it, and those critters are put into the air by the humidifier. This is true even when the old water is diluted with fresh water. A good rule of thumb is to empty and dry the reservoir every 10 days to two weeks. Continue reading

USPS Christmas Shipping Deadlines Just Days Away

Christmas ShippingAll you last minute Christmas shoppers and shippers have only a few days to get your packages to their destinations by Christmas, if you plan to use the United States Postal Service.

Here are the USPS Christmas shipping deadlines for package delivery in the U.S. to arrive by Christmas:

  • Dec. 20 for sending via First Class Mail.
  • Dec. 21 for sending  via Priority Mail.
  • Dec. 23 for sending via Priority Mail Express.

If you’re ordering a Miele, Dyson or Sebo vacuum from Best Vacuum, you get free overnight shipping to the contiguous 48 states. So if your order is received by 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday, December 23, it will be shipped out the same day via FedEx overnight to arrive.

Questions about vacuums or delivery? Call us toll-free at 888-205-3228.

 

Barron’s Calls Miele S8380 Vacuum a “Cat and Dog Hair Killer”

Miele S8 Cat & DogBarron’s recently named the Miele S8380 Cat & Dog canister vacuum its “Gadget of the Week,” calling the Miele a “cat and dog hair killer.”

One of the main reasons Barron’s likes the Miele S8 Cat & Dog over bagless competitors is that “it doesn’t make sense for an ‘animal’ vacuum to come without a bag. Wouldn’t all that hard won debris just get released back into the air as you empty the bin into the trashcan?”

Barron’s tested the Miele Cat & Dog in a home with three dogs and reported that it picked up “huge clumps of hair from the hardwood floors, carpet, and suede drapes.” Continue reading