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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A closer look at Underwriters Laboratories


When the scientists at Underwriters Laboratories test a safe for fire resistance, they fill it with paper and expose it to a 2,000-degree fire. The test doesn’t stop there. Next, they drop the safe two stories and see how well it holds up.

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Consumer alert: Check your circuit breaker


Millions of Americans may be in danger from defective electrical equipment in their homes, yet may not be aware of the risk. If you reside in a home with electrical circuit breakers and panels installed in the mid-1950s through the early 1980s, have your equipment inspected and replaced, if necessary.

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Can you find your utility shutoff valves?


Everyone knows to call 911 for emergency rescue, safety or medical services. But sometimes when disaster threatens or strikes, you must act immediately to shut off utility service while you wait for help to arrive. As part of disaster planning for your home or business, locate and tag your utilities, and think through the scenarios that might require action.

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