As the temperature continues to drop, many homeowners turn to space heaters for quick and cost efficient warmth. However, space heaters have long been known as the cause of numerous home fires and even fatalities. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration has cited space heaters as a leading cause of home fires during winter months. In past years, there has been approximately 600 deaths and 1,500 injuries due to space heater malfunctions. If you do choose to use a space heater to warm your home this winter, be sure to familiarize yourself with this important information.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
Each day, three women are killed in America by boyfriends or husbands. Men, children, elders and pets also become victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence is legally defined as any abusive behavior committed by a household member that results in injury or death. Sometimes called battering or relationship abuse, domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish control and power over another person through fear, intimidation and/or violence.
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions To help you make it safely through winter, here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.
WINTERIZE YOUR CAR
A single moment of clumsiness can turn your romantic candlelight dinner into catastrophic disaster. Without a smoke detector, your family may not even know that your forgotten pumpkin pie has set the house on fire until it’s too late to stop it. To protect your family and home, you need to install and maintain at least one smoke detector. For further protection, you can even integrate a smoke detector with ADT, a leading home monitoring company.
Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning costumes, decorations, parties, and trick-or-treating. Keep these Halloween safety tips in mind when making your plans to make sure your kids are safe and have fun.
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids:
- Plan a Route. Discuss with your kids which streets are safe and which should be avoided, and if there are any specific homes or locations that should be avoided. Plan a route together so you can find your kids easily at all times. Make sure that kids are traveling on streets that they already know, and are already familiar with so there’s no chance of getting lost.