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4 Ways Paved Walkways Increases Safety

4 Ways Paved Walkways Increases Safety

Let’s say your yard doesn’t have a walkway, and that you don’t see why a walkway’s absence is such a big deal. Well, whether you’re stumbling from the car in the dark with arms full of groceries or leading your toddler to the front yard after a long day at the park, lacking a walkway is a safety concern. Paving your walkway with interlocking pavers creates safe footing for you and your family as you approach the front yard and increases your home’s curb appeal, too. Learn about four ways having paved walkways promote safety around a home.

Secures Your Footing on Steep Slopes

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    Your yard’s gradual slope doesn’t look steep, but when you’re making your way up a grassy slope in work shoes or sandals, the slope feels much steeper and becomes a dangerous place for small kids and the elderly.

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    A steep slope up your yard is difficult to traverse even in ideal conditions. At night, the tricky footing becomes doubly difficult. When the ground is wet, you may find yourself slipping and sliding on muddy ground.

    Installing a walkway with pavers and one or two shallow steps, makes walking up your inclined yard much safer and easier, especially for younger and older family members.

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    Prevents Erosion That Causes Uneven Ground

    Rain and wet weather can produce mud that you could slip on and erosion you could discover in your yard. Even when you keep your grass maintained and trimmed, the ground will never be entirely flat.

    As the weather changes, the consistency of the ground changes. Erosion makes securing your footing on uneven ground difficult. You and your family members might stumble over exposed tree roots or rocks if you’re not careful. A paved walkway covers these spots and pavers won’t erode the way dirt does.

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    Eliminates Concrete and Asphalt Cracks and Holes

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      Poured concrete and asphalt are walkway paving options that many people seek. However, concrete and asphalt wear out, and when they do, cracks appear and their surfaces become uneven. These cracks and uneven spots create tripping hazards. Minor erosions that are difficult to see with the naked eye are especially dangerous because they present falling hazards that you might not see until you’ve already tripped over them.

      Ensures Wheelchair and Walker Access

      A grassy slope or an old, damaged concrete walkway is not a wheelchair or walker-friendly way to access your house. The older members of your family will appreciate the safety a paved walkway offers them. Wheelchairs will be easier to operate or push across a walkway with interlocking pavers. Walkers won’t get stuck in imperfections in concrete or asphalt. Uneven bricks won’t trip up your grandmother or grandfather at the beginning of a visit. Your loved ones will appreciate your concern for their safety every time they visit.

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      Makes Melting Snow and Ice Easier

      Correctly installed pavers interlock to create a seamless surface with no cracks or divots where snow and ice can accumulate. When you’re blowing or shoveling snow, you’ll have an easier time removing all the snow from the walkway. If you’re scattering salt to eliminate packed snow and ice, a paved surface can help snow and ice to melt evenly without pooling and freezing to create dangerous slippery patches. A slip-resistant snow- and ice-free walkway is especially important when you have children or older family members who often use the path.

      Versatile, attractive pavers are the safe choice for a paved walkway. Choose pavers that match your home’s exterior decor for a welcoming yard with a lovely path. Paving your walkway is a worthwhile investment when you realize you’ll be helping your family stay safe with such a simple action.

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      Featured photo credit: positionmktg via flickr.com

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      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

      Con #4: Unique Distractions

      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

      Final Thoughts

      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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