Kitchen a hot spot for home fires, injuries

This is the first of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month.

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Safe cooking practices can help prevent fires and injuries.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. During its Fire Prevention Week observance October 6-12, the National Fire Protection Association focuses on the fact that more fires start in the kitchen than any other part of the home. Take the NFPA’s quiz to find out how much you already know about preventing kitchen fires.

Then read on for some tips to help you practice fire safety in your kitchen.
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Driver alert! Children often misjudge traffic

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Children do not perceive danger the way adults do; drivers must take care.

With school resuming around the country, drivers prepare for the unexpected in school zones, near bus stops and past crossing guards. But drivers should also be on the alert wherever they drive that children could be present.

Since 2000, 130 school-age pedestrians have died in school transportation-related crashes. Some of the most common types of pedestrian fatal events involve a child being hit or struck:

  • By a vehicle turning or preparing to turn at an intersection
  • In a mid-block collision where a pedestrian enters the driver’s field of view leaving little or no time to react

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Close your pool safely for the season

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Pay attention to safety and maintenance as you close the pool for the season.

As a pool owner, you’ve worked hard to be a great host all season long by carefully and safely maintaining your swimming pool, to the delight of your family and friends.

Now that fall is on the horizon, how can you apply the same level of attention to closing your pool? Even the most experienced pool owners can benefit from these helpful reminders.

Test and Regulate:

  • Three to seven days before you close your pool for the season, take a water sample to your local pool service professional for analysis, and adjust the balance as directed.
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Bikes and cars: Both have a right to the road

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Bikes and cars can share the road safely.

My favorite bike trail parallels a city street for about a mile. Every time I ride that stretch, I am reminded of the perils bicyclists face every day. On the trail, my biggest hazard is toddlers with training wheels; but out in the street are speeding, inattentive or even distracted drivers.

Safe cycling depends on all parties understanding their responsibilities and following the rules of the road. Motorists must be attentive to cyclists, yield when required and take care when turning across bike lanes. Cyclists also must ride with the traffic, make themselves visible and signal turns.
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