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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers Spike on ‘Super Saturday

December 19, 2014 2:36 am

More than half of holiday shoppers have gifts left to purchase by the time ‘Super Saturday’ arrives – the last Saturday to shop for holiday gifts before Christmas, according to a survey from RetailMeNot.com.

For many of these last-minute holiday shoppers, it’s not simply a matter of running to the store to purchase one remaining gift. Nearly 1 in 5 shoppers surveyed admitted to waiting until Super Saturday to begin shopping for all of their presents.

The survey also found:
- Financial reasons are less likely to spur last-minute holiday shopping, with less than 25 percent reporting that they weren’t waiting due to lack of savings.

- Nearly half of consumers (43 percent) report waiting until the 11th hour because they didn’t know what to get their intended recipient.

- Thirty percent of consumers waited to shop because they received an unexpected gift and felt the need to reciprocate.

- Forgetfulness is also a factor, with more than a third of consumers reporting that they forgot to buy a gift.
Source: RetailMeNot.com

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How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Property

December 19, 2014 2:36 am

Shovels aren’t the only things residents in snowy regions need this winter.

Upwards of 115,000 people were treated in emergency rooms, doctors’ offices or clinics last year as a result of snow removal-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Before digging out after a snowstorm, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends residents review these safety tips.
  • Push snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, take small amounts of snow and lift it with your legs. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift by straightening your legs, without bending at the waist.
  • Do not throw the snow over your shoulder or to the side. This requires a twisting motion that puts stress on your back. Instead, walk to where you want to dump the snow.
  • Clear snow early and often. Begin when a light covering of snow is on the ground to avoid having to clear packed, heavy snow.
  • Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and replenish with fluids to prevent dehydration. If you experience chest pain or shortness of breath, seek immediate emergency care.
  • Follow instructions while snow blowing. Prior to operating a snow blower, read the instruction manual for specific safety hazards, unfamiliar features, or for repair and maintenance.
  • Never stick your hands or feet in the snow blower. If snow becomes impacted, stop the engine and wait at least five seconds. Consider unplugging the snow blower. Use a solid object to clear wet snow or debris from the chute. Beware of the recoil of the motor and blades after the machine has been turned off.
  • Do not leave the snow blower unattended when it is running. Shut off the engine if you must walk away from the machine.
Source: AAOS

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