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A Hidden Risk - Carbon Monoxide

Many safety issues are often at the front of our minds. Turn off the oven, make sure the clothes iron is cool and unplugged, etc. However, there is another major safety issue that you may not think about a lot. It's carbon monoxide. The problem with this gas is that you cannot smell it, and you will not know it exists. But, a family can die while sleeping because it will cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea and fainting. If you are in bed when this happens you may not wake up to save yourself. This is why in addition to a fire alarm installed in your home you should have a carbon monoxide detector, too. You should also test it regularly per the manufacturer recommendations. Carbon monoxide is a by-product of incomplete combustion that occurs in nearly every gas furnace in every home. Normally, it is carried out of the house through the furnace's venting system. But, if there is a problem with the furnace or the venting, it could lead to carbon monoxide leaks into the house. So, if you are...

 


Be Sure to Call an Electrician After a Flood

If you have had a flood in your home recently then you may need to hire an electrician. Having a flood in your home should make you think about safety first because it is a major factor. Water and electricity do not mix well. It can be a dangerous situation. If your homes wiring and electrical system have gotten wet due to a flood, then you should find a good qualified electrician to come in to your home and inspect the wiring and electrical box. Sometimes the wiring in your home will not need to be replaced after a flood, but to be sure an inspection should be preformed by a qualified electrician. After a flood you should have the main electrical switch disconnected in your home for safety purposes. You should turn off circuit breakers and remove fuses. Unplug all of your appliances if they have been flooded by water. Then, as soon as possible try and remove all standing water from your home. Dry out your home by opening doors and windows and evaporating off as much water as possible. Drying out your home ...

 


Teen Driving Distractions - Extra Passengers

You probably think a lot about some of the most common safety issues that teen drivers must remember, like texting, and speeding. But, there’s another big distraction that you should keep in mind, too many passengers. When a teenager is learning to drive, they don't need the added stress of extra passengers in the car for at least the first year of driving. It may sound like a relief to let your child drive your younger children around, or fun to drive their friends around. But it's not safe and they're not ready for the added responsibility. Now, we know how hard it can be to enforce rules, and telling your teen that they can drive, but can’t drive with friends may be a hard sell. But, keep it in mind at least, and have a talk about it with your new driver....

 


Safety With the Increasingly Popular Sport of Skateboarding

Skateboarding was hugely popular in the 1980's, and has again become a huge hit in the last decade or so. It's not just about skating, it's the fashion, shoes, and image that goes with it. This is a fun sport that a lot of children and teenagers love to do. There is nothing wrong with being a skater, whether on a skateboard or the old-fashioned kind of skates. It's great exercise and loads of fun. But, few are as careful as they should be. Helmets should be worn at all time as well as appropriate protective gear such as knee and elbow pads. There are specific safety equipment you can purchase made for skateboarding. Be sure that you get the right kind that gives the skater freedom of movement. Also, parental supervision whenever possible will help ensure that your children don't take reckless risks that could give them serious injuries and land them in the emergency room....

 


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