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Beware the lint trap: clean regularly to avoid dryer fires

Jun 12 2017 A Google search of "dryer fire" readily yielded three incidents that occurred within one month of each other: In Lock Haven, Pa., a dryer fire destroyed the home of a 34-year-old man who had lived there most of his life; In Newport News, Va., a dryer left... more

Soaking up our Guide to Summer Safety

May 30 2017 Summer means fun and sun, but that doesn't mean that we can throw caution to the warm breeze. Some of our favorite summer activities also come with significant safety or health risks, especially to children. We can teach them to be careful, but ultimately it'... more

Best used cars for teen drivers: IIHS survey

May 15 2017 Among "4 ways to save money when insuring young drivers" we identified in a previous blog post, at No. 3 we said don't buy them a new car. In fact, according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 83 percent of parents of teen drivers... more

Top of mind: When do you need to replace your roof?

Apr 3 2017 In early 1963, The Drifters had a big hit with the song, "Up On The Roof," which began: When this old world starts getting me down
/And people are just too much for me to face/
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
/And all my cares just drift right into... more

One in 15 homes in U.S. has a radon problem: does yours?

Mar 20 2017 In 2014, a home in Lehigh County, Pa., was found to have the highest radon level ever recorded in the United States. The concentration was more than 900 times greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's action level of four picocuries per liter.... more

Give your heart some love, for health's sake

Feb 6 2017 Neil Young sang that only love can break your heart. Well, we hope Neil Young will remember that a poor diet and a lack of exercise can do a number on your heart, too. But he wouldn't be alone if he didn't. An American Heart Association survey of U.S. adults... more

It's snow lie: Here's the scoop on your responsibility for sidewalk shoveling

Jan 23 2017 When it comes to snowfall and your driveway, how quickly you tend to shoveling is up to you. Maybe you're an early riser and get right at it. Perhaps you're a procrastinator, and you'll get around to it when the inspiration hits. [For tips on how to shovel... more

Push, don't lift and 10 other tips for safer snow shoveling

Dec 27 2016 Winter Storm Jonas: Oh, brother, was that a snow shoveler's worst nightmare. The January 2016 blizzard dumped a record 30.2 inches on Harrisburg. No one knows what the future holds for snowfall, but it's always a good idea to anticipate whatever Mother... more

To keep your home safe, water your cut Christmas tree daily and keep it away from heat sources

Nov 28 2016 In January 2015, a massive fire in Annapolis, Md., claimed the lives of a couple and their four grandchildren, ages 6 to 8. In the mansion's great room stood a 15-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree that had been lit 24 hours per day. It had been cut 65 days... more

Lawn mowing is not child's play: 12 safety tips

Apr 18 2016 Just like morning dew and fireflies at night, the whirring of lawn mower blades is a staple of summer (not to mention much of spring and fall). We love our manicured lawns and take great pride in maintaining them. But it's important to consider just how... more

A roundabout way: improving safety, reducing delays

Mar 21 2016 If you're a fan of the progressive rock band Yes, then you're probably familiar with the song "Roundabout." The lyrics are obscure, to wit: "I'll be the round about/The words will make you out 'n' out" Traffic roundabouts tend to cause head scratching, too.... more

Off-season is the perfect time for 5 maintenance and safety tips for your wood-burning fireplace

Feb 22 2016 Even as winter winds down and warmer weather beckons, it's a perfect time to think about preventive maintenance for your fireplace. By planning ahead, you'll be in great shape when the need for heat returns in the fall. Maintenance isn't something to be... more

Pedestrians 14 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths: safety tips for walkers and drivers alike

Jan 25 2016 The next time you go to the movies, think about how you got there. You probably drove. On your way, you may have witnessed someone crossing a street, jogging, or even walking to the same cinema. As you settle into your seat, consider these facts: --In... more

5 smart phone apps for a safer, healthier, more economical holiday season

Nov 30 2015 Smart phone apps are available by the millions, with more coming all the time. But research shows that Americans have a limited appetite for them. On average, according to Nielsen, U.S. smart phone users accessed 26.7 apps per month in fourth-quarter 2014,... more

Get ready for winter with a car emergency kit

Nov 2 2015 Santa's checking his list, and he's checking it twice. But we're not talking about what all of the children want for Christmas. We're referring to the list of things he needs to ensure safe travel on Dec. 24, such as reindeer de-icer. Speaking of safety, you... more

Follow these tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Jul 27 2015 A brother and sister travelled to a family cabin in Maine to celebrate his high school graduation and her 22nd birthday. What should have been a joyful week soon turned tragic for the siblings and two other adults who joined them on the trip. The companions... more

A safe bet for your road trip is to check tire pressure

May 18 2015 The road trip is back. Memorial Day weekend travel volume - the vast majority of it by automobile - is expected to reach a 10-year high in 2015, according to the AAA auto club. Some 37.2 million Americans are forecast to travel 50 or more miles from home... more

Pressure situation: getting tire inflation right

Feb 2 2015 The road to Super Bowl XLIX was a rocky one for the New England Patriots, accused of having used illegally under-inflated footballs in the American Football Conference championship. NFL fans and non-fans alike learned more than they ever thought possible... more

Here’s how to PASS muster when using a fire extinguisher

Jan 19 2015 It's pretty easy to see how dangerous home fires can be when you consider that they can be life threatening in just two minutes. Flames can engulf a residence in five minutes. Each year, more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the... more

A breezy look at wind chill

Jan 6 2015 It's one thing to take on a home-improvement project, but patching a hole in a wall is like a walk in the park compared with figuring out the wind chill. Here's the formula, courtesy of the National Weather Service: Wind chill (ºF) = 35.74 + 0.6215T -... more

Making spirits bright: 8 holiday light safety tips

Nov 24 2014 Forty-five thousand Christmas lights set to the Penn State fight song can't be wrong. Nor can a website called ChristmasLightFinder.com. Of course, Hersheypark's "Hershey Sweet Lights" offers nearly 600 illuminated displays on a two-acre wooded course dubbed,... more



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