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Electric

Although significant progress has been made in the United States in reducing the number of deaths caused by accidental fires in the home, these incidents still kill more than 3,000 individuals each year.  Better education about the dangers of fire and wider use of smoke alarms are generally...

Laundry Rooms

The laundry room might seem benign enough, but anywhere there's extreme heat and lots of water, there's the potential for fire and flooding. To keep your family safe and prevent damage, it's important to be aware of common laundry room dangers so you can address them.

For starters, check...

Garage Doors
 High winds can be a danger to your home any time of year, but they’re a particular worry in many regions of the U.S. during the hurricane season that stretches from June to November. It isn’t just the high-speed force of the winds themselves, but also the debris they carry with them that can...
Disaster Proofing

The statistics are scary, but it is possible to survive a fire.  In the next two hours, someone in the United States is likely to die in a fire.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 80% of these deaths will happen at home.  But thanks to a high tech city in New Jersey that...

How to Make Homemade Plywood Storm Shutters

Windows are a key area to attend to for hurricane preparedness. Sliding glass patio doors and large picture windows need to be protected from both pressure and debris.  An easy way to do that is by making homemade storm shutters.  Here's how:

  • Step 1: If you're making your own shutters,...
Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...