Be safe and be seen on these dark winter evenings
The evenings are still dark and dreary enough to make it difficult to leave the fireside and get out and exercise.
When walking or running in the dark it's important to be visible for safety reasons. Your clothes should be reflective or a bright, light colour, such as white or fluorescent yellow. Don't wear dark clothes as drivers may not see you. Most good exercise brands make clothes that feature reflective strips.
A fluorescent bib that can be worn over your running clothes is also perfect for running after dark. Keep it hanging on the bannister next to the front door to remind you to put it on when you go out. Stick to well-lit areas and avoid running anywhere you don't feel completely safe. Exercise indoors in particularly bad weather.
We Love Quitters Challenge
Helps smokers that want to quit the habit this lent by offering them support with hints, tips and motivation when they sign up for the 40 day challenge at welovequitters.ie. The We Love Quitters 40 Day Quit Smoking Challenge will run from National Non Smoking Day 18th February until 2nd April but smokers can join in at any time and start their challenge on any date and become a Quitter with us. www.welovequitters.ie
Home alone? Take precautions
Older people are particularly vulnerable to having bogus tradesmen or criminals who end up charging exhorbitant sums calling to their homes.
Home Instead Senior Care has now teamed up with gardai to sponsor 300,000 bogus caller check cards with a list of dos and don'ts to help older people feel safe.
The advice is:
Look out the window
Have a viewer fitted on your door
Have a door chain and keep the chain on
Make sure your back door is locked before you go to the door
Ask for ID - a genuine caller won't mind
Don't be embarrassed to tell the caller to write and make an appointment
The basic rule is: if you don't know the person at your door, don't let them in
If anxious contact your local garda station, it is advised to give them a bogus caller check card to fill out their details.
Call 1890 930 013 for a bogus caller card.
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