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Sunday, May 18, 2014

How Often Do You Check Your Tire Pressure?

When it comes to knowledge about proper tire inflation, a new survey revealing some of our tanks are running pretty low. 

While 99-percent of us here in Atlantic Canada are aware of the importance of tire inflation, Carolyn Goard of the Rubber Association of Canada tells CHSJ News 59-percent of drivers in the Maritimes do not measure their tire pressure monthly which is alarming because they like to encourage people to test their pressure biweekly at least.

The report also showing nearly a third of us incorrectly inflate our tires to the air pressure stamped on the side of the tire which actually indicates the maximum inflation pressure and that 69-percent don't know tire pressure should only be measured when the wheels are cold.

Organization Reminding Boaters To Stay Safe

After a winter for the record books, many boaters are anxious to get back on the water and one organization has some safety tips to make sure your long weekend of fun doesn't turn tragic. 

BoatSmart President Cameron Taylor says the importance of wearing a life-jacket can't be overemphasized saying more and more people seem to be sporting them. But unfortunately he says in about 79-percent of boating drownings the people who died were not wearing an approved PFD or life-jackets. 

And remember to stay sober when you're operating a boat as alcohol is a factor in about four out of 10 boating deaths.

You should also make sure you have your BoatSmart operator card, which Cameron says is required by law and if you don't have it you can face a minimum $250 fine. He says going through the process of getting your card will teach you what you need to know about boating safely. To get the card, click here.

Free Admission At The Museum Today

May 18th is International Museums Day--which means you and the kids get free admission to the New Brunswick Museum. 

Permanent exhibits at the NBM include the Bay of Fundy, ancient creatures and artwork from around the world.

Right now, there's a temporary exhibition called Small Town, Big Fashion: Fashion from Southeastern New Brunswick from 1860 – 1960, as well as quilts by John Corey.

For more information, call 643-2300 or click here

Today Is Loyalist Day In Saint John

If you're down along the waterfront at lunchtime, it won't be as quiet as it normally is on Sundays because of the Loyalist Day Gun Salute which will be taking place at noonhour from the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal.

Members of the 3rd Field Regiment, the Loyal Company, have fired gun salutes annually to recognize the landing of the Loyalists since 1793. Captain Andrew Melvin is troop commander and he says Saint John is the only city in Canada that's honoured with a 21 gun salute. 

Premier David Alward and Mayor Mel Norton will also be on hand. Saint Johners are being encouraged to attend.