Space Heater Safety Tips

 Many people choose to use a space heater to heat one room instead of heating the entire structure in order…

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How to help your teen pass their driver’s license test with flying colors

When I was finally old enough to get my driver's license, I suspect my parents were so tired of asking me if I could drive the car that I would probably have been allowed to drive if I passed the test or not.It would be like referring to a Category 5 hurricane as a slight breeze to say that I was eager…

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How to Help Prepare for a Snow Storm

Is there a horizon winter storm? Take some time now to collect the supplies you need to ride home out of the storm, or to safely venture outside if you need to. You can concentrate on enjoying the winter wonderland outside your window once you have taken the appropriate precautions.Check Your SuppliesTo keep the walkways clear and safe, make sure you have a snow shovel and ice melt.If you have one, please check that you have enough heating fuel for your home and fuel for your generator.You should have a good supply of dry, seasoned wood if you're going to use a fireplace or wood-burning stove.Have warm clothes and blankets on hand and store non-perishable food items and medicines needed to last for several days for you and your family.Get Ready for a Power OutageTurn your heat up now and close any unused rooms.Check the insulation of the pipe and allow water to run at a trickle if you lose power so that the pipes do not freeze.Charge your electronic and communications devices powered by batteries.Keep on hand a battery-powered radio to keep an eye on changing weather.Get your flashlights, batteries, kit for first aid and other supplies for emergencies.Stay Warm — and SafeFollow all fireplace or woodstove safety precautions when you start a wood-burning fire.Do not use as a home heating device an oven or range.If you have a generator, use it only outside, where sufficient ventilation is available. Test all alarms for smoke and carbon monoxide to ensure proper functioning.Do not allow unattended candles to burn and keep them away from fuels. A safe, energy-efficient alternative to traditional candles is the battery-powered LED lights.Turn it on before the snow begins to fall if you have an ice dam prevention system.Stay Inside — and SafeDrive only if you absolutely have to, and make sure that your car is equipped with snow tires and has sufficient fuel and an emergency supply kit.Know your limits and try not to overtax yourself if you go outside to shovel snow.By wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia.Stay away from power lines that are down.Keep or make other suitable arrangements for your pets

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Distracted Driving Statistics

A recent Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that manual-visual tasks associated with handheld devices, such as reaching for the…

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

When the winter weather strikes, when they get behind the wheel, drivers face out - of-the-ordinary challenges. Nearly one in…

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