Driving with potholes

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  • Properly inflated tires hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air.
  • If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down before you hit it. But don’t brake directly over a pothole, which can actually cause more damage.
  • When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
  • Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a pothole in hiding.

Sourced from: http://blog.allstate.com/your-guide-to-potholes-driving-safety-tips/

Beware of potholes!

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Potholes can not only add a bump in your ride but can cause severe health issues too. Three tips that can help us avoid the damage:

a. On roads that are not well maintained, keep your vehicle at a lower speed.

b. Even on a well maintained road, good to keep an eye on the road to check for any pothole in sight

c. While driving at night or during heavy rains, keep your vehicle at a low-medium speed as the visibility is greatly reduced.

Pressure Cooker Safety

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Had a near miss at home because of a pressure cooker safety valve break. So sharing some tips on how to use the pressure cooker safely.

Sourced from: http://cookingequipment.about.com/od/pressurecookers/a/PressureCookerSafe.htm

  • Before cooking, check your equipment.Always check the rubber gasket (the ring of rubber that lines the lid of the cooker) to make sure it isn’t dried out or cracked. Some manufacturers recommend replacing the gasket annually, depending on how often you use your cooker. You might want to order an extra to keep on hand in case you discover yours is ripped just as you’re starting a recipe. Also check to make sure that there is no dried food on the rim of the pot, which could break the seal.
  • Don’t overfill the cookerFor most foods, don’t fill the pressure cooker more than two-thirds full, to avoid the potential of food blocking the vents. Foods like beans and grains, which tend to swell as they cook, should only fill about half of the cooker.
  • Use enough liquid.A pressure cooker needs liquid to create the steam that cooks the food. A good recipe will take this into account, but if you’re creating your own, you’ll need at least 1/2 cup of water or other liquid. If the steam doesn’t seem to be building with this amount, open the cooker (releasing any steam first) and add a little more until you reach pressure.
  • Avoid cooking foods that froth. The frothing can block the steam valves and the pressure release vents. Foods that froth include pasta, rhubarb, split peas, oatmeal, applesauce and cranberries. If you do want to cook these foods, follow a trusted recipe and make sure that the quantity in the pot is well below the recommended maximum fill line.
  • Don’t pressure fry.Yes, the “Colonel” did it, but you shouldn’t. Using more than a tiny amount of oil in your pressure cooker can be very dangerous and could melt the gasket and other parts.
  • Release pressure in a safe way.You can release pressure either by just removing the cooker from the heat and letting it sit until the pressure goes down (natural release), running cold water over the lid of the closed pan (cold water release) or using the pot’s steam release valve to expel the steam (quick release). Make sure to protect your hands with pot holders as you’re handing the cooker, and if you’re using the quick release method, be sure that your face, hands and body are away from the steam vent. When you open the cooker after the steam has been released, hot steam will still escape from the pan, so as you open the pan, tip the lid away from you and hold it over the pan so that the hot condensation doesn’t drip onto you.
  • Clean the cooker properly.Remove the gasket and wash it separately, along with the lid and the pot. Clean the valve with a wooden toothpick, making sure it moves freely and isn’t stuck. Store the cooker with the lid upside down on the pot, rather than locked in place.