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In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,240,000 fires. These fires resulted in 3,240 civilian fire fatalities, 15,925 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $11.5 billion in direct property loss. There was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 42 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 33 minutes. Seven causes of home fires. Electrical. Cooking Heat Sources –Portable Heaters Smoking Lit Candles Christmas Trees...

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Life Saving Detector Facts

Life Saving Detector Facts


Posted on Mar 23, 2015

Almost everyone knows that they should replace their smoke/carbon monoxide batteries annually, but do you know… According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 5, 7 or 10 years depending on the manufacturer. Yes, that’s right. Every detector unit should be replaced based upon the manufacturers’ recommendation. (See each specific model number for details). All...

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How do I know if I have aluminum wiring in my home? What are the dangers with aluminum wiring? What solutions do I have to make this aluminum wiring or my home safer?   How do I know if I have aluminum wiring in my home? First, most homes built in the United States since the late nineteen sixties have some aluminum wiring in them. The problem lies with the 120 volt multi branch circuits that commonly make up the general lighting...

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Most of the electricity in your home is used by the heating and air conditioning system and water heating. Make sure your heating and cooling systems are running efficiently and central systems are checked twice a year. By installing the most energy-efficient rated equipment, you will save money over the lifetime of the equipment. You could also install a programmable thermostat that will operate your systems more effectively, thus...

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T’was the Night Before Christmas

T’was the Night Before Christmas


Posted on Dec 1, 2014

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house and we all know the rest of the story. However, this story has a little twist… Tom & Eileen were getting ready for their Christmas Eve party with all the trimmings. They invited friends and family together to celebrate Christmas Eve at their home. It was a winter wonderland outside with six inches of newly fallen snow, and as it was nearing dusk Tom went to the front door...

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Harnessed electricity, or access to it, is something most Americans take for granted, until they go camping, fishing or otherwise ‘unplug’ from society. However many countries in the world don’t have the same expectations for alternating current that Americans do, due to the unreliable nature of their local power grids, or the absence of adequate electrical infrastructure or power generating facilities. Many South...

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