Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Auto safety and small overlap crash test results.

We buy cars because we need them.  Cars are a necessity, but decisions that go into buying a car have developed far beyond that.  Naturally, for most, buying a car is a financial decision, but image seems just as important.  

However you explain yourself why you bought a car, car’s safety should be an important part of that function.  You might be an excellent driver but what goes on the road is never just about you.

Below are links to some scary looking crash tests.  (Small overlap crash test to be exact.)

Out of 4 door sedans the car that tested the best: Honda Civic; the worst Kia Forte.  Out of small SUV’s Subaru Forester was the safest.

Kia Forte

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Subaru Forester

Mercedes C Class

BMW 3 Series

To see more test results visit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Youtube page. http://www.youtube.com/user/iihs?feature=watch

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wood stove safety

Growing up in Bosnia the only heat source in our home were two wood stoves.  I remember chopping and stacking wood being hard work, but even then and still I romanticize about wood stoves and everything they represent.  We all know that as useful and romantic wood stoves are, they are primarily and inherently dangerous.  And whether you own a wood stove out of a luxury or a necessity, always first think safety. 

Before you start burning wood through another Vermont winter click to a link below and remind yourself of the practical and life saving safety tips.  (Some of the tips below are about fire in general.)

This is one of the wood stoves from my home.  Great for heat, cooking and baking.  Is there an app for that?