One of the most exciting times of the year is packing up for a relaxing getaway to the beach. Enjoying family time in the warm weather with your toes in
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Heading to the beach this summer? We know you won’t forget the obvious beach essentials: sunscreen, towels, the drink cooler... But what about a
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Whether you’re planning an outdoor family, business, community event, unpredictable weather can make planning tricky. A portable canopy can provide quick shade or instant protection from the rain. A portable canopy is a portable shelter that collapses for easy storage and transportation. Generally, a portable canopy comes in two pieces: a sturdy powder-coated steel canopy frame and a durable fabric canopy top. Portable canopies are often called pop-up canopies because the canopy part of the frame pops-up when it is opened. The legs of a portable canopy are height-adjustable to provide quick shade and weather protection and variable headroom. Pop-up canopies generally come with a convenient carry case, which makes them easy to store on a shelf, in a closet, or in a garage or shed. Since they are portable, pop-up canopies are also convenient to keep in the back of your car, truck, or SUV. Like having an umbrella handy on a rainy day, you never know when a portable canopy will come in handy! There are many ways you can use a portable canopy for work and play. Let’s look at a variety of cool and creative home, community, and business pop-up canopy uses:
Uses for a Portable Canopy at HomePatio or Deck Cover: Sometimes, in the summer, you need a quick shade solution for your patio or deck. A pop-up canopy can help you beat the heat so you can enjoy your investment. Use one when you’re having your morning coffee, or when you’re having guests over for dinner. Pool Cabana: The swimming pool can be fun, but sooner or later you’ll need to take a break. Place a portable canopy over your lounge chairs and avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays. A quick rest in the shade will help you stay energized! Sandbox or Garden Shade: Since portable canopies are height-adjustable, they’re great for when you’re working low to the ground. You can use a pop-up canopy to provide quick shade when you’re working on your garden. Also, you can use one over a sandbox to keep your kids safe from the sun. Garage Sale: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Make your customer’s treasure hunt more pleasant and put your sale items underneath a pop-up canopy. It’s not only a great way to keep your customers out of the sun on a hot day, your merchandise will stay dry if it starts to rain. Lemonade Stand: When you’re a kid, there’s no more fun way to make a few bucks than to sell lemonade in your front yard. Keep your kids and their customers cool underneath a portable canopy!
Portable Canopy Usage When You’re Out and AboutPicnic in the Park: Want to get away from the everyday routine? The park is a great place to have a picnic. Of course, parks aren’t always a great place to escape the sun. Bring along a pop-up canopy and get some quick shade for your picnic. Beach Shade: Like the park, there’s very little shade at a beach. Bring along a portable canopy and get some relief from the sun. Some portable canopies have wind vents to prevent them from going airborne. However, a portable canopy should also be anchored to the sand*. Street Fair or Community Event:... Is your organization planning to attend at a local event? You can make its presence known by using a pop-up canopy. Whether it’s a street fair, carnival, fair, a portable canopy will help you stand out in the crowd. It will also help keep your team protected from th
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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. Melanoma can require intense treatment like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. To learn more about the four basic types of melanoma, click here.
Skin Cancer in AmericaSkin cancer is also the most common type of cancer in the United States. The American Academy of Dermatology reports 9,500 people in America are diagnosed with this type of cancer every day. When it comes to the most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma, research shows it has doubled from 1982 to 2011 and continues to rise. Here are some other interesting facts about skin cancer:
- More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. than all forms of cancer combined.
- The annual cost of treating skin cancers is $8.1 billion
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
How to Spot Skin CancerThe key to successful treatment of skin cancer is to spot it early. Doctors recommend you check your own skin once a month. In addition, you should aim for a yearly exam with a dermatologist, especially if you are predisposed to skin cancer or are exposed to the sun often. An easy way to remember how to look for skin cancer is by using the ABCDE rule:
- Asymmetry: If a mark or mole looks asymmetrical, that could be cause for concern.
- Border: If the edges of a mole are ...
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You know when the leaves start to change colors and temperatures drop, it’s time to celebrate fall. And with that comes all the wonderful fall festivals. Whether it’s a gathering at your church or maybe your child’s school, fall festivals are a great time to celebrate a new season. If you’re helping to organize the party or just partaking with your family, finding the perfect pop-up or canopy will make your experience even better.
Made for the ShadeQuik Shade Steel canopies are a great choice to keep you and your family out of the elements and ready to enjoy all the fun fall festivals have to offer. But if you’re helping a local organization to organize the event, there are so many unique ways to utilize a steel canopy:
- Sell tickets under a canopy, keeping workers out of the sun
- Keep baked goods or other items for sale under canopy and out of the elements
- Hold a pumpkin carving station under canopies
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Now that summer is coming to a close, you can finally look forward to some cooler weather, and of course football season! If everyone comes to your house to watch...
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Football games are so much more than watching the action on the field. Whether you're catching your favorite professional team play, or you're at your child’s high school game, tailgating is a tradition fans take seriously. Time with friends and family before the game is just as important as the game itself. So next time you’re getting the grill and hot dogs ready, think about football game accessories that will take your festivities to the next level.
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Whether you’re planning a picnic for two or ten people, you know the essentials for the perfect picnic: good food, great company, and reliable shade! Quality s...