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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Fall maintenance protects your home for winter

Clean leaves and debris from gutters to allow water to flow freely.

Take advantage of fall weather to work on projects around your home and protect it from common winter problems. Keep the following tips in mind: Clean out your gutters. Remove leaves and other debris from your gutters first by hand to get rid of the large particles, and then with a scraping tool and water hose before cold weather arrives. This helps to prevent ice damming. Ice dams are caused when snow melts on a heated part of the roof, then refreezes on a colder portion of the roof.  This[…..]


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