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  1. Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection

    Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer: The Benefits of Sun Protection
    As soon as the temperature starts to rise, it’s time to take advantage of outdoor activities and spending time with family in the sunshine. But with the extra fun comes increased risk of skin cancer. Sun protection is your best line of defense when it comes to skin cancer prevention. The American Cancer Society says staying in the shade can be one of the best lines of defense for your skin.

    What is Skin Cancer?

    What exactly is skin cancer? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation and Skincancer.org, it is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells usually caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. The CDC suggests someone is at a higher risk of getting skin cancer even from a few bad sunburns. There are multiple types of skin cancer, but here are the three most commonly diagnosed in the United States, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America:
    • Basal cell carcinoma: The cancer cells develop in the basal layer of the skin, hence the name. This type of skin cancer accounts for 80% of all diagnoses in America. This type of the least dangerous because it rarely metastasizes and grows slowly.
    • Squamous cell carcinoma: This is the second most common type of skin cancer. They develop from the flat squamous cells on the skin. Although they are more likely to spread than basal cell carcinoma, it is uncommon for them to metastasize.
    • Melanoma: This is a more aggressive and dangerous type of skin cancer that form in the melanocytes, or darker pigments of skin. Melanoma can form in parts of the body that aren’t exposed to sunlight, and can metastasize.
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  2. Choosing Snow and Wind Rated Buildings for Added Protection

    Choosing Snow and Wind Rated Buildings for Added Protection

    If you live in an area that gets a lot of wind and snow, it’s important to choose your outdoor storage buildings carefully. Understanding wind and snow ratings and making sure you choose structures that are built for your climate will help you avoid some significant problems – like a roof collapse.

    Not sure what these terms mean or how to choose a snow and wind rated building? No problem! The following guide will explain everything you need to know.

    What Are Wind and Snow Ratings?

    The term “wind rating” refers to a structure’s ability to withstand high winds, such as those caused by a hurricane, tornado, or microburst. A snow rating refers to the weight a structure can hold without the worry of a roof collapse.   

    Wind loads are specified in miles per hour, while snow ratings are quoted in PSF (pounds per square foot).

    Understanding Snow Load Density

    Knowing the snow rating of a structure is only half the battle. It’s also important to understand approximately how much the snow that has accumulated on your structure weighs. While a light snow load typically weighs anywhere from five to 20 pounds per square foot, a packed snow load will weigh closer to 20 to 40 pounds per square foot.

    If the packed snow contains ice, it could weigh between 40 and 57 pounds per square foot, and ice on its own weighs about 57 pounds per square foot. It's important to consider this when determining the snow rating you need. 

    Snow Load Accumulation

    Snow accumulation rates will also impact your structure's performance. For example, if your roof gets five inches of snow in one day, but then the weather warms up, and some of it melts before it snows again, then accumulation might not be a concern. However, if temperatures remain low and the snow keeps falling, it can quickly accumulate and potentially cause some issues. 

    Snow Rating Considerations

    When considering a building’s

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  3. Essentials for Fall DIY Backyard Projects

    Essentials for Fall DIY Backyard Projects

    Is there a more perfect time of the year than the fall? The temperature is comfortable, the leaves are changing, and everyone wants to be outside. It’s also a great time to get to all those DIY backyard projects before the winter weather starts to roll in. Before you get started on your to do list, here are some essential products you need to make your tasks that much easier.

    Organizing the Patio Ahead of Winter

    One of the most popular DIY backyard projects is cleaning up your pool, patio, or deck ahead of winter. Outdoor storage sheds can be a practical addition to your backyard space, patio, or deck. A Spacemaker deck box is an attractive and versatile outdoor storage bench with roomy, convenient patio storage for pool toys, furniture cushions, and other summer items. It has a built-in corrugated floor to keep your items protected and dry and a pneumatic lift for improved lid opening and closing, which gives you easier access to your items. The Storboss horizontal shed is also an excellent solution for your outdoor storage needs. The Storboss’s 6 x 3 ft. footprint and slanted roof design is great for patios, decks, walkways, in the garage or on the side of your house. This attractive shed for backyard storage has a charcoal finish is an easy to access solution for trash cans, bicycles, patio equipment and so much more.

    Prepping Your Firewood for the Winter Season

    You may

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  4. The AccelaFrame: 5 Places to Use Your Easy Up Canopy

    The AccelaFrame: 5 Places to Use Your Easy Up Canopy
    If you spend any time outside, buying an easy up canopy is a no-brainer. The AccelaFrame Canopy 10 x 20 ft. is a hassle-free way to keep yourself or your property out of those harmful UV rays.  It’s a durable option that will provide you with 200 sq. Ft. of shade in just 15 minutes. Here are 5 places you can take advantage of this ShelterLogic Canopy.

    Put Your Toes in the Sand

    easy up canopy Imagine sitting on your portable chair at the beach, listening to the waves crash and waiting on a hot dog from the grill. The only problem is, the sun is beating down on your head and you’re squinting while trying to read your book. The AccelaFrame Canopy will keep you cool while providing all the shade you need for you and your family. This canopy is big enough for a family reunion on the beach, or even a birthday party for your kids. As a bonus, you won’t spend hours setting up like some canopy tents. This easy up canopy will be ready to go before your children even have time to start building sand castles! And with the locking pin system, you’ll know it can stand up to a windy day by the water.

    Keep the Backyard Barbecue Cool

    easy up canopy Whether you’re enjoying a summer cookout, or you’re grilling hot dogs over a bonfire, guests at any gather
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