Stay alert for vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy

flooded-car

Know a used car’s history before you buy.

The counts vary, but it has been estimated 225,000 to 300,000 vehicles sustained flood damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy. What happened to those vehicles? In some case, unscrupulous opportunists bought them for pennies on the dollar. The vehicles were dried out, shined up and offered for resale for hundreds — sometimes thousands — less than the fair market value. Good deal? Maybe, if you don’t mind the vehicle’s mechanical, electrical or safety systems potentially (more like probably) failing at any time. Read More

College students may need fire prevention refresher

This is the fifth of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month.

Most campus-related fires occur in off-campus housing, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Fire Administration. Considering that the majority of the nation’s 20 million college students choose to live in off-campus housing, this puts a significant number of them at risk.

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Keep your kids safe this Halloween

Accompany young children on their Halloween rounds.

Accompany young children on their Halloween rounds.

When you take your young ghosts and goblins out trick-or-treating, follow some simple tips to keep your Halloween safe and not too scary. Go over the rules and guidelines with your child before leaving the house:

Trick-or-Treat Safety

  • Go out with your young children to supervise
  • Or, allow your child out only with an adult you know and trust
  • Keep kids within your sight
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Carbon monoxide: Combustion’s deadly companion

This is the fourth of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month.

carbon-monoxide-alarm

A carbon monoxide alarm may or may not
have a digital readout.

Burning wood in a fireplace. Heating a home with a gas furnace. Cooking on a gas stovetop. Grilling with charcoal. Running a combustion engine such as an automobile or generator. Drying clothes in a gas dryer. Many of us enjoy these modern conveniences, but what is the danger they all have in common? Carbon monoxide.

In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 80,000 non-fire carbon monoxide incidents. In 2008 alone nearly 200 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
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