For a Safer New Year, keep that bottle of Champagne Chilled!

As you’re counting down to the New Year, keep safety in mind. A warm bottle of Champagne (or any sparkling wine) poses a greater risk than a chilled one. According to the New York Times, Champagne bottles “contain more air pressure than that found in a car tire and can launch a cork at 50 …CONTINUE READING

Holiday Pet Safety

Most families consider their pets part of their family, and we love sharing holidays with family. But many holiday traditions can be harmful to our four-legged family members. The American Kennel Club provides these tips:

Avoid decorating with food, like popcorn or cranberry strands, because they can cause upset stomachs if eaten by your pets. …CONTINUE READING

How to Have a Safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a peak day for gathering with family and friends. Unfortunately, it’s also the peak day for home cooking fires. Maybe that’s not surprising, considering that the major cause of home fires is cooking—a big part of Thanksgiving activities. In fact, Thanksgiving has three times the average number of home fires involving cooking equipment …CONTINUE READING

Safe Swimming

Swimming can be one of the great joys of a child’s summer. But its important to be vigilant around water, and not just at the beach. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children 14 and under. And for children ages 1 to 4 its the leading cause. The majority of …CONTINUE READING

Sparklers

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Many people don’t think of sparklers as a hazard, and readily hand them to children. In the states that permit their sale, sparklers and some other fireworks of comparable strength such as party poppers have been labeled “safe and sane” by their advocates. But the National Fire Protection Association flatly states: …CONTINUE READING

Even Where They're Legal, Leave Fireworks to the Pros

July 4 is a glorious American celebration. Unfortunately, it’s also by far the day of the year that produces the most US fires. Fireworks account for two out of five of those fires—an average of 19,700 fires every year.

Apart from fires they may start, fireworks themselves can cause serious injuries: between 8,500 and 9,800 …CONTINUE READING

Be Prepared For Severe Storm Weather

Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, and lightning, can be deadly for the unprepared. The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Services issues about 1,000 Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Tornado Watches every year.

Take these tips from the National Weather Service:

If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and very dangerous. Do …CONTINUE READING

Keep Safety On When the Power Goes Off

Whether it’s the blizzards currently wracking much of the country, hurricanes or tornadoes, storms in any season can leave your home without power. Use these tips from the Red Cross and National Fire Protection Association to stay safe at home:

Never use your oven to heat your home. An open door on either a gas …CONTINUE READING

Home Fire Drill

When you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, don’t forget to test your alarms as well (even those that are hard-wired or have long-life batteries). Having a working smoke alarm reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Don’t stop there. Now is the time to be sure everyone in your …CONTINUE READING

Safer Home Heating: Space Heaters

As the weather turns colder, many people will turn to alternate home heating sources, either because they have no central heating, to supplement central heating, or to keep down their heating fuel costs. Space heaters are a very popular way to do this.

Heating equipment is involved in more than 64,000 home structure fires every …CONTINUE READING