ENJOY YOUR SUMMER SAFELY

Summer is here, at last, with all of its enjoyable warm-weather activities: picnics, hiking, fishing, gardening, swimming, boating, barbeques, and, of course, celebrating the holidays.  Unfortunately, it’s a fact of nature that all of these are accompanied by a certain amount of risk.  Grey Army wants you to have a safe and wonderful time this summer.  So, we have a created the below list of tips for you to keep in mind to reduce the risk of spending any time being treated for injuries from easily avoidable accidents.

 

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TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME COOLER AND MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT THIS SUMMER

Summer brings a lot of great things our way—more daylight, beautiful gardens and
trips to the beach. But in Australia it also brings considerably warmer temperatures,
particularly inside our homes.  Air conditioning is a blessing, but it’s also a significant
amount of energy- and money-grabber and not all of us can afford this luxury. If you
are without an air conditioner do not fret, here are a handful of other suggestions for
cooling your house during those pleasant, but overly warm summer days.

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Making Your Kitchen Senior Friendly

We all value our privacy and our independence, but these shouldn’t come at the expense of our health and well-being. As we age, staying in our own home becomes more difficult because of the rising safety concerns.  We tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchens and engage in a variety of potentially risky tasks. Adjustments to our kitchens are particularly important.

The costs of a kitchen renovation can range from small to large; the following list provides some helpful ideas of senior-friendly adjustments.

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How to transform dark rooms with paint colours

Low-lit dark rooms can prove challenging when it comes to choosing a paint colour. As the day progresses, these rooms change from dim to dark, and the less natural night a room receives the smaller the room will look.

Despite the fact that our natural instincts instruct us to use a light colour in dark rooms, there are actually alternative options which could produce better results.

The more common pastels and light colours can actually present a non-desired atmosphere as they will try and reflect non-existing light. Instead you should be confident with your colour play because dark rooms are the perfect opportunity for fun, daring and vibrant colour play.

You should explore brightly saturated colours that add glow.  This becomes the perfect substitute for the lack of natural light.

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Spring Landscaping Spruce

As the days get longer and warmer, our attention naturally turns toward spring and summer activities, but this is also an ideal time to spruce up your properties exterior with the help of a landscaper. The way in which we landscape our properties has undergone a big shift in the last several years, for a number of reasons.  Many homeowners simply don’t have the time to devote to maintaining a yard the way they have done in the past and tighter water restrictions have made it more difficult and expensive to maintain an expansive lawn and as a result, homeowners have begun to reconsider the ways in which they design their yards and gardens.  These are a few of our favourite landscaping trends for drier climates…

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Be Fire Ready, even now.

“I love a sunburnt country” is a line from a famous Australian poem. It’s very true because it cops some serious heat in the summer months, and even well into March. In and around Melbourne we constantly face the danger…

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Be Your Own Boss

Almost every night you see the stories on TV and in the papers about companies closing down. The big companies make the headlines. But dozens of smaller operations disappear with only the employees and their families knowing what it’s like…

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Beware of dodgy tradesmen

You have seen those signs which say Beware of the Dog. Well there should be one on the vans and trucks of incompetent tradesmen. The sign should read Beware of Dodgy Tradesmen. It’s easy to laugh at people who get…

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