Small Children & Fireplaces

‘Tis the season to take a focused look at how to protect your child from common hazards around your fireplace. In keeping a child out of the interior of the fireplace, your choice of a solution may depend somewhat on whether you plan to use the fireplace or not. Some families that don’t intend to [...]

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Up-To-Date on CPR?

There are a number of truly life-threatening situations where we as “lay people” (non-doctors) can save the day with quick action – choking, drowning, hypothermia, severe cuts, stroke and cardiac arrest, for example. If it has been a while since you took a CPR or First Aid class, consider taking a refresher.  Many of the [...]

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Household Ammonia & Bleach – A Deadly Combination

Two of the most commonly found chemicals in every household – ammonia and bleach – are not well understood in terms of how dangerous they are to mix. A quick glance at a container of bleach will indicate a clear warning about the risk of creating chlorine gas – a substance that was used as [...]

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Is Your Lighting Adequate?

Many people do not have proper lighting in key locations in their home, and this is a common source of injury. Make sure you have adequate lighting for all staircases and dark rooms, and be sure to replace any burned-out bulbs in a timely manner. Night lights are a wise idea provided they are not [...]

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Is “That Musty Smell” Making You Sick?

It is very common to have places in the home where moisture is a problem. While in some cases it can seem like just an annoying smell, it’s worth trying to get to the bottom of why the odor is there in the first place and correcting it. A moisture problem can have many potential [...]

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Trip Hazards?

Many homes have trip hazards which can easily result in a major fall. Common sources are the edges of carpets and rugs, unobtrusive single “step-downs” from one level in a home to another,  transitions between one flooring material and another, and cracked or shifted concrete/brick/stone walkways. Take stock of the trip hazards you have and [...]

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Winter Time Fireplace Safety

Now is the time of year that many of us are starting to use our fireplaces.  Here are a few tips for avoiding common fire risks: 1) Have your chimney inspected and potentially cleaned by a professional if you haven’t done so in a while.  Many house fires are the result of fires that get [...]

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Children & Pets

We all love our pets and go to great lengths to keep them healthy and happy. In the process, it’s important to keep in mind a few tips regarding keeping children safe from the issues we create by making our homes so pet-friendly: 1) Fish Tanks – Keep all chemicals securely locked up out of the [...]

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Litter Box Safety

Litter boxes are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria that can produce serious health problems, so regular scooping and cleaning are very important. Among the concerns to avoid is toxoplasmosis - a common infection that cats acquire if they are allowed outside to kill and eat wild animals.  Pregnant women and people whose immune systems are weak [...]

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Never Throw Water on a Grease Fire

Grease fires are very common occurrences. If you should find yourself confronted with a fire of this type, NEVER try to put the fire out by throwing water on it.  The grease is extremely hot and will instantly super-heat the water, causing an explosion that will spread the fire and can be very dangerous to [...]

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