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Nine safety tips for home renovations

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Nine safety tips for home renovations
There are times when homeowners start renovations or undertake maintenance projects to add additional value to their homes. In some cases, however, these projects result in unnecessary disaster. Major house fires can be caused by contractors and others working in a home. For example, improperly disposed of oily rags can spontaneously combust, igniting an oil-soaked deck or other surface, spreading fire to the rest of the home. To prevent such a disaster, here are nine rules to help prevent...
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Review this back to school safety checklist with students
Use this checklist from the National Safety Council to review important safety procedures to make sure your children are fully prepared for the school year. Transportation Safety Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school. Walking to school Review your family’s walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk, if one is a...
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Be prepared with these safety tips when extreme heat hits
In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and makes the body work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. There are ways that you can prepare yourself for extreme heat. Consider the following safety tips: Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation. Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary. Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside. Wea...
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Pool owners: Consider these tips to help protect yourself and others
During the summer, there is no better time to consider the insurance and safety implications of owning a pool. Owners may not realize that you can be sued if someone drowns or is injured in your pool even if they did not have your permission to be there. It’s important to have the proper locks and safety equipment and to have appropriate liability insurance. If you own a swimming pool, or are in the market for one, consider the following steps: Call your insurance agent or compa...
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Stay hydrated this summer with these tips

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Stay hydrated this summer with these tips
As summer heats up, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day before you feel thirsty. You may also want to consider including a variety of fruits and vegetables in to your daily diet as they are made up of more than 80 percent water. Incorporate these tips into your summer routine: Make it a point of taking in fluids first thing in the morning. Be proactive and drink beverages with all of your meals, before you feel thirsty. Carry a water bottle arou...
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Consider these do's and don'ts when using firepits

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Consider these do's and don'ts when using firepits
There are many things to think about when using an outdoor fireplace. Consider these backyard fireplace do’s and don’ts. Do: Make sure outdoor fireplaces are permitted in your community. “A firepit is an open fire and should only be used if allowed by your local authorities,” says Judy Comoletti, division manager for public education at the National Fire Protection Association. “Be sure to check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a ...
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Tips to be safe with medications

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Tips to be safe with medications
It's Medication Safety Week. There are several steps you can take to help be safe with medications: Know your medicines. Read medicine labels carefully. Learn about dietary supplements. Organize your medicines. Be aware of transitional care. Communicate better with health professionals. Clean out your medicine cabinet. Cleaning out your medicine cabinet is very important as more and more Americans are turning to prescription and over-the-counter medications for pain re...
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Stay safe with these tips on carbon monoxide

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Stay safe with these tips on carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months and in residential properties. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. It's important to think about the dangers of carbon monoxide -- and what you can do to make your family and home safer. If ...
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Stay safe this Halloween with these safety tips

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Stay safe this Halloween with these safety tips
Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can help prevent fires. From 2006-2010, decorations were the first item ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year, resulting in an average six civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $16 million in direct property damage. Stay safe this Halloween with these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association. When choosi...
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Take these safety steps when handling fireworks

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Take these safety steps when handling fireworks
It is important to practice extreme caution when handling fireworks around the 4th of July. Last year, six individuals were reportedly killed by fireworks devices and 8,700 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for firework-related injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following safety steps be taken: Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them. Never allow young childre...
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