Learn the facts about home fire sprinklers


In 2013, more than 300,000 residential fires caused 2,500 deaths and cost $6.8 billion in losses in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). But NFPA research shows that installing a sprinkler system could save lives and reduce the damage done to a house by 70 percent.

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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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Before hurricane watch turns to warning


The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to November 30 each year. Residents of Atlantic and Gulf coastal areas should have a plan in place for rough weather. The National Hurricane Center monitors tropical storm activity as it develops, issuing a hurricane watch or warning as necessary. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in a specified area and is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area. A hurricane warning indicates that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the specified[…..]

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