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Avoiding Home Fires and Carbon Monoxide:  Winter Warnings from Cpsc

As winter weather continues to blanket the nation, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) are urging consumers to play it safe to avoid home fires.

According to USFA, instances of home fires spike in winter months. Cooking and home...

Hurricane Protection for Your Home

If you live in a hurricane-prone zone, here are ten hurricane protection tips to help you stay safe and prevent hurricane damage.

Secure Windows:  If you live along the coast, homemade plywood or professionally built shutters are a must when storms are imminent.  Buy ½ inch plywood stamped...

Disaster Proofing

Ugh, ice and snow! You might react to winter weather changes with some predictable grumbling, but your house has different ways of expressing itself. Unfortunately, some of those expressions could result in ice damage that could’ve been prevented. Here are some tips that can help homeowners...

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,...
Basements

According to the National Fire Protection Association, correctly knowing the operation of your windows plays an important role in your safety at home.

“Windows can be used as a secondary exit if the primary way out of a room is blocked by fire or smoke,” says Judy Comoletti, division manager...
Snow

Winter storms can pop up suddenly and quickly.  Knowing a few quick  tips can help with everything from minor annoyances to major problems.

First, one of the most difficult situations to get out of is a car stuck in snow... the tire can spin endlessly, but with no traction you aren't going...