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Savings and Safety Tips for December, 2015 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Crowd Management Safety for Retailers

Crowd related injuries can occur during special sales and promotional events.

This is just a highlight of a helpful article from Osha website to provide tips and some recommended guidelines to keep your retail shopping safe and enjoyable for both customers and your employees. Please visit the website at the following llink for more information, https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/Crowd_Control.html .

Many factors are involved in holiday accidents, fatalities!

When it comes to holiday driving, the risk for having an accident is high. There are more people on the road during the holidays. They're all in a hurry to get somewhere, and the weather can create poor road conditions, especially close to Christmas.

During this season, insurance companies see an increased number of crashes that include injuries and property damage, which they say also raises vehicle insurance rates. People are anxious to get their shopping done. They may be frustrated and aggravated with other shoppers or drivers, making themselves less safe at the wheel. Risks caused by drugged and drunken driving compound these problems.

Part of the reason drivers are rushed on holiday trips is that they are on short breaks from school and work. Families may have just one or two days to travel away from home, celebrate, and travel back again. Under such time limitations, they are more likely to be involved in an accident.

Many holiday crashes are related to a heavier load of traffic, which makes driving more difficult. And traffic coupled with long-distance driving leads to having tired, and stressed drivers at the wheel.

Not surprisingly, the two major causes of traffic accidents and related fatalities are alcohol and speeding. The correlation between these factors and holiday traffic is easy to understand.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that many holiday deaths occurred as travelers hurried to drive to and from social activities where they consumed alcoholic beverages. The NHTSA says we should take time to check off these instructions for holiday driving: Allow plenty of time to reach your destination whether it's across town or across the country side. When driving, be in your "travel mode" meaning that nothing will be allowed to upset or bother you. Before attending a party, name a designated driver to take you home, or reserve a taxi to pick you up at a certain time.

Healthy Tips

Give your heart a boost with these beneficial beverages

Drink to good health this year with robust beverages that can give you a boost of vitamins and antioxidants. Quoted in Family Circle, Bonnie Taub-Dix, founder of BetterThanDieting.com, says, "What you put in your glass can dictate what your heart looks like today and in the future." So, here's to you.

Try these healthy drinks:

Tomato Juice: It's loaded with the antioxidant lycopene and vitamins C, E and K. It helps to decrease bad cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Coffee: Regularly consuming a cup or more of coffee reduces the risk of having calcium in your coronary arteries, a sign of vessels hardening and narrowing, which can cause heart attacks.

Green Smoothies: A diet packed with produce helps your heart by controlling cholesterol and improving blood flow in your body. Smoothies are a convenient way to get on-the-go fruits and vegetables, especially greens.

Beer: Red wine isn't the only alcoholic beverage that has cardio benefits. Downing one beer a day improves blood flow and artery function, research has found. But benefits can be reversed if you drink more than seven servings of booze a week.

Matcha Green Tea: This is powdered green tea that boasts more than double the amount of catechins (antioxidants) in standard green tea. Several studies show these catechins lower the odds of developing cardiovascular disease.

Pomegranate Juice: It fights the effects of free radicals, has a blend of antioxidants and polyphenols and helps to regulate heart rhythm. Mix it with ice, sparkling water, and potassium-rich fruits like apples or pears.


Delicious Recipe

The Perfect Holiday Drink Swedish Glogg for all!

Your genes don't have to come from Nordic stock to enjoy the heavenly aroma and taste of a hot, mulled wine after a day of shopping, putting up the Christmas tree, hanging strings of lights on the house, skiing or shoveling out from the last storm.

Whether you make the glogg (pronounced glooog and meaning "glow") for two or 20, it will warm your body and soul.

King Gustav I Vasa of Sweden loved "glodgad vin" (glowing hot wine) way back in 1609. In 1755, Samuel Johnson, who published the first English-language dictionary said, "Claret is the drink for boys, port for men, but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy."

Gloggs have brandy. Swedish glogg contains brandy or caraway vodka. The Finnish gluggi uses vodka, the French vin chaud uses cognac, the Irish use Irish whiskey, the English wassail uses ale, the Germans and Austrians gluhwein, often served at their Christmas markets.

Traditional Swedish Glogg Ingredients (4 servings)

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole cardamom seeds or 2 pods cracked open)
  • 1 3-inch stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds (raw, no skin)
  • 2 bottles dry red wine (750 ml each). Use burgundy or port. Brandy to taste (optional)

Instructions:
  • Tie the cloves and cardamom pods in a cheesecloth bag.
  • Add to the water, raisins and almonds in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and discard the spice bag.
  • Strain the raisins and almonds from the liquid and save.
  • Stir in sugar until dissolved with the wine in a larger pot.
  • Reheat to a simmer. (do not boil).
  • Serve in mugs with a few raisins and almonds. You can prepare the spiced water mixture early in the day for a larger gathering.
  • Fill a decorative bowl with the raisins and almonds.
  • Just before guests arrive, reheat the mixture in a larger pot, add the wine and simmer.
  • Serve from an electric slow cooker (on low) or at the stove.
  • Add brandy for those who want it. God jul! Cheers! Bon noel!.

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