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Avoid the Deep Freeze

Avoid the Deep Freeze

Frozen Pipes aren’t just an inconvenience, they are disastrous. An average of a quarter-million families have their homes damaged and their lives disrupted each winter…all because of water pipes that freeze. Contrary to belief, both poly (PVC, PEX) and copper pipes may burst. An eighth-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, wrecking floors, furniture, and property. Before the Cold Hits. . . INSULATE pipes in crawl spaces and attics. These expose pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember: The more insulation you use, the better protected your...

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Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday Fire Safety

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage. Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a...

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Turkey Fryer Safety

Turkey Fryer Safety

Please consider this information from Underwriters Laboratories this holiday season and throughout the year: UL considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use presenting numerous safety hazards to consumers. “We’re worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use,” says John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager of UL. “Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark.” Turkey...

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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO)

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Each year throughout the country, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. Understanding the Risk What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure...

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