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Natural disasters can affect everyone in the family Cheap Lewis Brinson Jersey , including your pets. But, unfortunately, it's often the pets that are the least prepared. During a emergency, many cats, dogs and other animals are at risk, ending up lost Cheap Deven Marrero Jersey , injured and even killed. Sadly, many that may survive the storm are still faced perilous times because rescue facilities are often overwhelmed and don't have the food, resources and pet supplies needed to sustain them in an emergency.

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> Identify alternate sources of food and water. Some local food and water sources may be disrupted or contaminated for extended periods of time following a disaster.

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> Learn how to perform first aid on your pet. You may have to fill in until help arrives. Contact your veterinarian or the American Red Cross for a copy of their Red Cross Dog and Cat First Aid guides with DVD.

The storm is over--now what?

> Before releasing pets into the home or yard, inspect the area inside and outside your home to identify sharp objects, contaminated water, downed power lines or other potential hazards.

> If animals have been without food for a prolonged period of time, reintroduce food in small servings, gradually increasing to full portions.

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The sauna and the first sauna heaters were invented in Finland over 2000 years ago, when the Finns discovered the many health benefits of saunas. It was so much a part of their culture that Finnish emigrants took the sauna tradition with them wherever they went in the world, introducing it to other countries and cultures. Since that time it has become extremely popular all over the globe Cheap Jose Fernandez Jersey , while remaining an integral part of life in Finland itself.

The sauna experience is revered and honored in Finland, to the point that it is viewed as a spiritual, almost sacred practice. It provides a number of health benefits, including:

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So how does a sauna generate the heat and moisture necessary to make it such an enjoyable experience? Let's take a look.

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The key to any sauna is the heater, which has evolved tremendously since the first saunas were built into embankments in the ground. Written records dating back to 1112 describe the first saunas as using stones for heaters, with the stones first being heated using a wood fire in a stone stove. This method continued to be used as the Fins progressed to above-ground saunas built with large logs.

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Improvements to the Sauna Heater

Over time, sauna heaters evolved and improved as technology changed. The open wood fire eventually gave way to metal woodstoves that used a chimney to vent smoke to the outside. This type of heater still took a great deal of time to properly heat a room, though, so the sauna did not truly surge in popularity until the advent of electric sauna heaters in the 1950's.

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