Wildfire Preparedness: Create Your Evacuation Plan

No one wants to be forced to evacuate, but you can minimize your anxiety if you think you may have to, by having a good evacuation plan in place. If the time comes and you really do have to flee your home, you can make the experience more comfortable and save your most important possessions, […]

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks shows are the main event in 4th of July celebrations. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends viewing a professional fireworks display and discourages the use of consumer fireworks entirely, because there are so many injuries and fires every year. But for many families enjoying fireworks at home is an Independence Day tradition, and […]

National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month. Anyone can participate, and we encourage you and your family to make a list of the safety issues that you would like to address this month, with a corresponding list of activities. This does not have to be a chore. It can be broken into very quick tasks, such as […]

Memorial Day Hidden Grilling Danger

When considering grilling safety we tend to focus on fire safety and safe food handling to avoid food poisoning. It may never cross your mind that the wire brush you use to clean your grill could send you to the hospital with no idea why you are in pain. Wire brushes can leave bristles on […]

National Wildfire Preparedness Days

The number of large wildfires and the amount of acreage burned in the Western U.S., is increasing each year and the problem is only expected to get worse in years to come. Increasing temperatures and ongoing drought conditions are behind the increase. Wildfire season is getting longer, and a 2006 study found that the average […]

Wildfire Preparedness Basics

For many parts of the country, wildfire season is quickly approaching. For some areas, such as California and New Jersey, the season is already underway. Even if you live in an area where wildfires are rare, it is good to stay on top of the threat and exercise basic wildfire preparedness. Many of these basic […]

Electric Blankets

When it’s cold outside, an electric blanket can be so inviting. But, faulty or worn-out electric blankets can be deathtraps or cause serious injuries. Many communities conduct free electric blanket testing events, and some will even replace your unsafe blanket for free. It is not uncommon for 30%, 40% or more of the blankets tested […]