Fire danger in the construction zone


Fires are a significant hazard on construction sites. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were an annual average of 830 fires in residential buildings under construction from 2007 through 2011, excluding one- and two-family homes. These fires caused an average of $56 million in direct property damage per year. Over those same years, there were an estimated 400 fires annually in large residential buildings undergoing major renovation, causing an average of $17 million in direct property loss per year.

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Demonstrating safety in educational science labs


We all remember chemistry class in high school and the fun of seeing our teacher perform that cool experiment. The lure of the wow factor of performing chemical demonstrations to teach the interactions between different elements and chemicals has been a steady part of science education for years. Across the country, several recent high-profile incidents of students being burned and injured in lab fires have brought a heightened awareness to safety.

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Can you hold a candle to this quiz?


Candles add a festive touch to holiday gatherings. Although we enjoy their glow, candles can cause home fires, injuries and deaths.   Remember that a candle is an open flame that can ignite nearby materials: Use with caution! Take our five-question quiz to test your candle safety knowledge.

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Flue season: Have your fireplace and chimney inspected


Home heating fires are the second leading cause of home fire deaths after cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fireplaces, chimneys and flues account for a significant number of home heating fires. Homeowners with a wood-burning fireplace or solid fuel stove or insert can protect your property and your family by having a qualified professional inspect and clean your chimney at least annually to prevent a buildup of creosote.

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