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presents under a holiday tree.
Good food, good cheer and, of course, gifts are some focal points of the holiday season. The hustle and bustle, however, may distract us from potential risks that can surround us this time of year. Thefts and break-ins may increase during the holidays, since thieves often know that many families travel during the holiday season…
view of a snow covered evergreen tree and home with a red brick chimney.
Winter is here. And while you’ve probably fired up the furnace and stocked up on firewood already have you studied up on carbon monoxide safety? A common output of malfunctioning or improperly used appliances, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s nicknamed the “silent killer” because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it.…
thanksgiving dinner on the table.
Thanksgiving is often the kickoff to the year-end holiday celebration season. If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner, you may feel a little bit of pressure to deliver a meal where everybody is well fed. A little planning and preparation can help make sure that nothing potentially ruins your festive meal. Reconsider Using a…
Start fireplace fire.
Knowing how to build a fire in the fireplace can be helpful information on a cold winter’s night. If you’ve never started a fire in a fireplace, here’s how to get started. What Supplies You Need to Build a Fire Extra-long wooden safety strike matches: The longer the better; their length may help prevent you…
white smoke detector alarm on wood paneling.
You change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year, and test them every month. But do you know what type of smoke detectors you have? Or, that having one kind over another may make a difference? There are two main smoke detector types, and each has a sensor that detects smoke and fire…
little girl in pink swimsuit playing in kiddie pool in backyard.
Summer is on its way, and with it you may expect an occasional skinned knee or sunburn. Sometimes, while you’re busy planning backyard barbecues or playground playdates, it can be easy to forget that injuries may occur in your own backyard. Consider these tips on how to spot and remove the following backyard safety hazards.…
Granite countertops and radon.
People love their granite countertops, though some now consider them too commonplace and prefer materials such as quartz or quartzite. But there’s another reason some segue from granite. They may worry that it will emit radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of rocks and natural stones. So, are granite countertops a real risk?…
group of teens with sparklers
Fireworks are part of many American families’ Fourth of July traditions, but knowing how and when to handle them should be a tradition, as well. Here are a few preventive measures to follow to help make your holiday safe and fun. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says about 10,500 people were taken to emergency rooms with…
family having thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings people together to enjoy delicious food and the company of loved ones. It also may involve lots of hot cooking surfaces, stressful travel and hours of food preparation. Most of these things may result in risky situations if you aren’t prepared and keeping safety at top of mind. From fires…
Quiz: What’s Your Fire Safety Prevention Knowledge?
A home fire occurs every 86 seconds in the United States, according to the report “Fire Loss in the United States During 2014” from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 2014, there were 386,500 residential fires, resulting in $6.8 billion in property loss, says the report. Since it’s Fire Prevention Week, we’re testing everyone’s fire safety knowledge…