When deer are in your headlights

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Deer collisions increase in fall and early winter.

As the outdoor temperature gradually drops, deer activity and deer-vehicle accidents increase. Every year across the country, deer-vehicle accidents account for billions of dollars in vehicle damage, thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities. These tips can help you avoid a collision with a deer and stay safe while on the road.
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Winterize your driving

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Prepare yourself for winter driving hazards.

Most of us understand the importance of preparing our vehicles for winter ̶  making sure tires are in good shape, wipers are good, brakes properly serviced and snow scraper in the car. We diligently address the mechanics in anticipation of expected winter extremes.

But it’s just as important to prepare ourselves for winter driving. We must be ready to adjust our habits to better face the unpredictable challenges that often come with winter driving.
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Friendly fires: Tips to safely use a fire pit

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Use fire pits away from
any structures.

Fire pits and chimeneas have become very popular and are widely available for sale at garden and home stores. As you enjoy these products on a cool, fall evening, it is important to use them safely. Please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Please check with your local municipality to determine if these devices are legal or whether a permit is required. Determine whether a cover is required for a fire pit.
  • Observe any burning bans or Red Flag warnings in your area, and comply with any ozone warnings that may be in place.
  • Place a chimenea or fire pit securely on a flat surface that is non-combustible. Do not place directly on a wooden surface.

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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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