Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “Silent Killer” as it is odorless, colorless and tasteless, yet can have deadly consequences. Carbon monoxide is a gas byproduct of burning fossil fuels in your furnace, clothes dryer, fireplace, automobile, portable heater, generator or other small engines and home appliances. Most issues occur when the equipment is malfunctioning or is in need of service or repair. Continue reading

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When the Power Goes Out, Can You Get Out of Your Garage?

Power outages are common occurrences in many parts of the country and their frequencies have been steadily rising over the years. Occasional outages can be a nuisance and disruptive to our lives but they can also pose serious life safety risks especially during natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires.

One way to help ensure continuous operation of garage doors and timely evacuations during power outages is to install backup batteries on the garage door openers. Continue reading

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Checking Smoke Detectors

Does your home have a smoke alarm? A fire can grow quickly, leaving you with a window of only one or two minutes to get out safely. Early notification of a fire is critical, which is why smoke detectors are so important.

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Holiday Gift-Giving Safety Tips

The holiday season is a time filled with family, friends and gift-giving. But many popular gifts can inadvertently introduce new risk to you and your recipient’s homes and wallets. To avoid being the holiday gift giving Grinch, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing gifts for friends and family. Continue reading

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Holiday Travel Safety Tips

As the holiday season and school breaks approach, many families are busily making travel plans. Whether these plans include visiting family and friends or heading to warmer (or colder) climates, this is often a popular time of year for family trips. If your upcoming plans include traveling, here a few tips to help keep you and your family safe.

Know your Destination – Not all locations are equally safe. Research your destination before booking your trip, especially when traveling abroad. The US State Department is an excellent resource for global travel information. Visit their website at travel.state.gov and click on the Alerts & Warnings section for travel advisories; these will include information regarding civil unrest and criminal violence related threats as well as weather alerts. Continue reading

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What Every Homeowner Should Know About Fire Extinguishers

According to the National Fire Protection Association, every 23 seconds a fire department responded to a fire in the US in 2015. Equipping your home with portable fire extinguishers can assist in minimizing fire damage from small, self-contained fires before much needed help arrives.

You may be unsure of which fire extinguishers are best for your home, where they should be located, or even how to use them. Let’s take a look at the different types of fire extinguishers and review some tips for buying, maintaining and using a fire extinguisher in your home.
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Great Walls of Fire!
Fencing Considerations for Wildfire Prevention

Fences (and walls) have been around since ancient times. They are functional, provide privacy, and keep cities, businesses and homes secure. However, during a wildfire, a fence may do more harm than good.

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What to Know Before You Go: When Your Travel Plans May Involve Danger

In the past, many American travelers divided the world into two categories: “safe” and “unsafe” zones. Today, however, this line is becoming less defined as more Americans are traveling to areas around the world that were previously perceived as risky, … Continue reading

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Swimming Pool Safety: Sensible Ways to Enjoy Your Backyard Oasis

With summer now upon us, what better way to beat the heat of those lazy, hazy days than a refreshing plunge into a backyard swimming pool! Although a pool can provide endless summer fun, there are inherent risks associated with … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Liabilities Crash Your Outdoor Parties This Summer

From sophisticated garden parties to casual backyard barbeques to huge Fourth of July bashes, summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining. With some extra planning before and during events, property damage and personal liability can be avoided.

Large parties will often involve vendors for catering, valet and security. While these services can help a party move smoothly, it is important to know who you are letting on your property. Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure you hire a reputable company. When hiring, be sure to ask if the company does background checks on their employees.
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