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Bosse is all about safety. Keep your pets safe!


Bosse Tools is constantly thinking about safety. Today we are taking a look at safety tips for our pets!  The first three tips include:  How to keep pets safe at a party!  The second three tips include:  How to keep pets safe during cold winter months.  

Pets are the life of the party so make sure to keep them safe by using these three strategies:

1.  Be cocktail cautious for your pet
Be cautious where drinks are set if alcoholic beverages are being served.  Watch out for sweet beverages which mask the flavor.  Signs of distress include problems walking or standing up, lack of coordination, drowsiness, a slow breathing rate, excessive urination, vomiting, or unresponsiveness.
2.  Create guest pet rules
Guests love to feed the cuties so create treat bowls with directions.  This avoids human food feeding and can help calm nerves.  Also, add a petting session for the more extreme pets such as lizards or other exotics. 
3.  A room alone for your pet to rest
When all the noise gets to be too much, make sure your pet has a quiet room with water and food.

Brrrr.  Has your pet changed since the snow hit the ground?  Well, here's three tips to keep your pets safe.

 

1. Encourage pet activity
Animals have the tendency to become sedentary when cool weather rolls around. Take your pet out for walks around the neighborhood or bring your pet to your local dog park. You can also buy him treat-dispensing toys that encourage him to kick and knock the toy about before he gets a treat.
2. Keep pet skin in good shape
The cold winds and grounds and the dry heat of your house can both irritate your pet's skin and cause it to itch and flake.  If you own a dog, make sure to apply petroleum jelly before taking him out for a walk. This can safeguard his paws from ice, salts, and other chemicals that can irritate his skin.  Don't forget to shovel snow from your driveway and pathways to keep your pooch from getting in contact with it.  Check our shovels here.  Snow Shovels.
3. Protect pet from antifreeze
Antifreeze is important for your vehicle but it can be extremely poisonous for your dog or cat. Store it properly and make sure to clean up spills on the ground.  Prevention is better than cure.   

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7 Snow Shovel Safety Tips


Snow Shoveling is an excellent winter exercise.  It improves muscle tone, strengthens immune system, and maintains good cardiovascular and respiratory health. Despite these health benefits, approximately 28,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries that happened while snow shoveling and related activities, according to the 2013 US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

There are many steps to prevent injuries without pushing your body too hard and putting your health and safety at risk. These include:

1. Performing warm-up exercises

One of the worst things you can do is to force your still-stiff muscles to work right away. So, before doing anything, perform exercises that will help you limber up your muscles and make your body ready for the day's snow shoveling tasks. Stretching is good, but you can also warm up by going through your normal day-to-day activities — like showering, making your bed, giving your dog a walk.

2. Practicing proper posture and body mechanics

For many people, poor posture and repetitive movements are some of the reasons why they feel tired and sore after snow shoveling. Fortunately, you can avoid this scenario by simply by practicing good body mechanics. Bend your knees instead of bending your back when lifting something. Keep your work close to your body instead of arching your back or overreaching your arms.  

Watch FOX10Phoenix and see Aaron and Stephan talk about how feeling tired after shoveling led them to create Bosse Tools:  

3. Wearing the appropriate protective equipment

Some people refuse to wear winterized coats and boots, but don't make the same mistake. Professionals put the equipment on all the time because they know that these will help them protect their health and safety. Gloves, for example, will safeguard your hands from cuts and wounds, while boots will protect you from slips and falls. 

4. Using the right snow shovel tools

Doing this can help you finish your tasks without using a lot of effort. Instead of using an old fashion snow shovel, for instance, you can complete the job using a ergonomic one. Click to read how reinvented Bosse Shovels  are easier to handle, and they won't put a lot of strain on your back.

5. Using adaptive tools when necessary

There are now lots of adaptive tools for snow shovels, if you find yourself having some mobility issues, you might want to take advantage of these innovations.  Read this story on students who build a snow blower for a man in a wheelchair.

6. Staying hydrated

Your body heats up when you tackle snow shoveling tasks, which means you'll still sweat buckets even when you work during winter. Because of this, you need to drink plenty of water, even when you don't feel thirsty. This way, you'll keep dehydration at bay and maintain good health.

7.  Taking breaks

Make sure you are taking breaks while snow shoveling.  Stand up strait, stretch, wiggle, fidget and touch your toes.  Ideally every 10-15 minutes.

To find more information on staying safe while snow shoveling read these sites we found helpful:

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Three DIY Tips for Halloween using a Shovel


Perhaps a shovel isn’t the first thing people think of when Halloween is mentioned, but the holiday would be much less spooky if the digging implement were not around.  Here's three fun Halloween tips to shovel up some fun.

Three DIY Tips for Halloween using a Shovel

1. Buried Treasure

A shovel can be part of all the unique fun you decide to dig up on Halloween.  One party idea you may want to use is hunting for (spooky) buried treasure. Have the buried treasure hunt before dark for children and after dark for adults.  All you need are a few shovels, solar powered lights, candles or tiki torches, a few spooky treasures and a treasure map can create some unique Halloween fun in your own backyard. Bury the treasure, create a map, add the lighting choice in strategic locations around the yard and hand your guests a shovel and a portion of the buried treasure map. Let them dig their way around looking for the treasure and avoiding the pitfalls you’ve placed along the way.

2. Graves with an Eerie Glow

Dig a shallow grave or two and rig zombies to pop up from them as treasure hunters walk by. Dig a few shallow holes and fill some with water to create mudholes and fill others with burning embers to create an eerie glow. 

3. Grave Markers

Shovels also make spooky grave markers for the shallow burying place you dig for the dead and the un-dead and can be used as signs along the treasure-hunting route to point the way.  After the night of fun and the dawn begins to break, use shovels to hide all the evidence. Throw dirt on the fire to ensure it’s out, fill in all the holes in the yard and pat the dirt on top of the grave down smoothly so your yard will look normal and not like a crime scene.

To wrap up the Halloween holiday, rinse the remaining evidence off the business end of the shovel and wipe off your finger prints from the handle. Store the shovel in the shed until garden season rolls around and no one will ever know about all the fun you had with a shovel on Halloween.

Remember, take care of your back by using our innovative new shovels.  You don't have to hurt making this holiday fun!