Prep your car for travel in winter weather


Smartphones offer drivers a sense of security, with the promise that help is just a phone call away. But especially in extreme conditions, don’t count on your phone alone to keep you safe or to share your location in an emergency situation. Keep in mind that location services are not always accurate depending on network coverage in your location, the cell tower your phone connects to and other variables. Take additional precautions before winter travel in case you become stranded in your car.

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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. 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[…..]

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