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Summer in Ohio is coming and with it is the opportunity to experience all kinds of warm-weather mishaps. Here are some common summer dangers and how to avoid them.
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Alysia Brooks

A Christmas tree is a non-negotiable tradition for many families during the holidays. But even those who look forward to those twinkling lights and strings of popcorn may have a small child or mischievous cat that makes having a tree difficult and sometimes even dangerous. Review the tips from our Dec 16th, 2014 blog post, "Tips to Prevent Christmas Tree Fires," to make sure you have a safe set-up. Now on to the important question...
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Alysia Brooks

We have come a long way from the traditional way of hanging lights on a Christmas tree, lit candles. Obviously, lit candles hanging on a dying and drying out pine tree is not a great idea. That's when the electric string lights were introduced. Over time, the string lights have become safer than the original electric bulbs used but that doesn't mean the fire risk isn't still there. If you choose to put up a Christmas tree this year, here are a few tips from Propertycasualty.com to help lessen your risk of fire.
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As winter's lingering shadow lessens, and the sun shines brighter and warmer every day, it's an ideal time to give your front and back yards a thorough spring cleaning in preparation for a long stretch of satisfying, beautiful, and safe outdoor fun.
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Defective electrical wiring systems cause approximately 40,000 residential fires annually, according to a United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study. In addition, electric cords and plugs are involved in about 7,000 fires annually. The National Electrical Safety Foundation offers numerous tips to safeguard the home against electrical fire and related losses, including the following.
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Clogged dryer vents contribute to over 15,000 fires every year so making sure your dryer vent is clear is a simple but important way to keep your home and family safer. Even in the absence of fire, clogged vents cause your dryer to be less effective resulting in greater use of electricity and more breakdowns. If you find your dryer is taking longer and longer to fully dry a load of laundry, chances are your vent has become blocked with lint.
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