Debbie Hanson, First Alert

Debbie Hanson, First Alert

Stories by Debbie Hanson, First Alert

Practice Fire Safety in October

Oct 13, 2014

It’s a potentially fatal (and far too common) scenario: An otherwise functional smoke alarm is rendered ineffective when a homeowner, annoyed by an end-of-life signal or false alarm, deliberately deactivates the device by removing its batteries or removing the device altogether – thus leaving the home and everyone who lives there unprotected from the dangers […]

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Back to School: Carbon Monoxide Safety for Kids

Sep 02, 2014

After a long, fun summer, back-to-school time is upon us! Along with all the excitement of new friends, new teachers and new things to learn, it’s also a great time to make sure all our kids are educated about carbon monoxide (CO) safety. Print out the activities below to help your kids learn about CO to […]

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Setting Sail Safely

Jul 10, 2014

Summer is finally here, which means Lake Michigan is beckoning thousands of boat owners to its shores. While boating is a fantastic way to spend summer days, being on the open water does invite a number of safety concerns. It’s important to keep in mind that dangers found at home also can affect boaters — so […]

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Give Your Home a Summer Spruce-Up

Jun 23, 2014

Home truly is where my heart is. After all, it’s where I raised my three children, entertained friends and family, and relaxed after many a hard day. While I love my home, it’s seen its share of wear and tear over the years, which is why I’m using this season to give it some simple […]

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Is Your Smoke Alarm Expired? This and Other Important Maintenance Tips

Nov 20, 2013

Most of us pay attention to expiration dates on food and medical prescriptions. But, have you ever considered the expiration date of a smoke alarm? Yes, these potentially life-saving devices have lives of their own and expire after about 10 years or 87,000 hours of service. However, that’s something that’s not widely known. A recent […]

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7 Grill Safety Tips to Protect Your Denver Home and Family

Sep 08, 2013

Summer is in its final stretch—the time of year when we savor each swim on a hot day, every iced beverage we sip on a patio, and every opportunity to cook up burgers on the grill. But, when it comes to the perfect barbecue, the best garnish is not just the cheese, lettuce or tomato—it’s […]

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4 Garage Dangers You May Have Overlooked

Sep 04, 2013

Do you cringe when you open your garage door? All of that clutter – from gardening tools, old furniture and sports equipment to half-empty paint cans and pesticides – limits the usability of the space and, what’s more, it’s exposed for all your guests and neighbors to see. Rolling down the door won’t make that […]

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips: 4 Ways to Waterproof Your Stuff

Aug 26, 2013

Taking advantage of the calm before a storm to prepare can help keep you afloat when severe weather strikes.  So, this might be the time to think about enhancing the basics of your emergency kit (water, food, prescriptions, radio, flashlights, batteries, etc.) with waterproof supplies that can help keep your home and valuables safe and […]

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Fire Safety Tips for Summer in Atlanta

Aug 15, 2013

As much as we love spending time outside, the truth is that summer in Atlanta means cranking the air conditioning and trying to escape the heat by staying indoors. And with all those extra fans and appliances running overtime, the potential for home safety hazards—like house fires—increases. In 2011, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department responded […]

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Power Surges, Dirty Lint Traps and Other Hidden Home Dangers

Aug 12, 2013

Being a homeowner and a mother, I work hard to keep my house and family safe. But homes face all types of threats – some less obvious than others. Here’s a list I put together of possible dangers hiding in or around your home (a follow-up to my earlier post about hidden home dangers): Power Surges […]

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