Your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers need a little love too!

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In many parts of the state, heavy spring rains following a snowier- than-normal winter have caused headaches for folks with basements. Keep these safety tips in mind if you experience anything from a slightly wet floor to several inches of water (or more) in your basement.

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The statistics are alarming. Each year across the U.S., more than 4,000 Americans die and 20,000 are injured in fires. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires where there are no smoke alarms or nonworking smoke alarms. Most home fires occur when families are asleep. And, fires are fast – in less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire.

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A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet is an extremely reliable device, but like any electronic unit it can become damaged over time. Because many older GFCIs can provide power even if they’re not working correctly, they act as live receptacles without offering your family protection from dangerous ground faults.

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, portable electric heaters are involved in hundreds of fires per year. Here are some safety tips to share with your family.

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At home or at work, keep these things in mind when decorating for the holidays!

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