Texting and driving a growing concern

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At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, according to a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number has held steady since 2010. Meanwhile, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study showed that a quarter of teens respond to text messages once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.


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When deer are in your headlights

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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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Carbon monoxide: Combustion’s deadly companion

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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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Escape plans critical to surviving a fire

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This is the third of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month. Installing the proper safety equipment and having an emergency escape plan are two critical things that can make a difference in the event of a house fire. Make the necessary preparations now to improve the chances that your family will survive a house fire. Develop an emergency escape plan Create a plan that includes escape routes from each room of your home


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