Keep safe and warm when using space heaters


Many of us use portable electric space heaters to help keep us warm, but they can be hazardous if not used properly. Take precautions to keep your family safe from fire or burns. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 50,100 home heating fires occurred in the U.S. each year from 2008 to 2010. About 900 fires are attributed to portable heaters. While they represent only 2 percent of home heating fires, portable heaters were involved in 45 percent of all heating fires with a fatality.

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Learn the facts about home fire sprinklers


In 2013, more than 300,000 residential fires caused 2,500 deaths and cost $6.8 billion in losses in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). But NFPA research shows that installing a sprinkler system could save lives and reduce the damage done to a house by 70 percent.

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Our best tips for dealing with disasters


We couldn’t let September go by without a mention of national PrepareAthon Day coming up on September 30. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and related government organizations urge all Americans to create a disaster plan to help cope with earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. Find more information about PrepareAthon – and disaster preparedness in general – at Here are five of our previous blogs outlining tips to cope with disasters.

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Add safety to your home fix-it list


You’re the weekend warrior: attacking your home improvement projects with gusto. You’re not alone. Millions of Americans attempt home fix-it projects for fun or to save money. Don’t cut corners where safety is concerned. Consider these three scenarios and decide: good idea or bad idea?

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