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Carbon Monoxide, the deadly silent killer that lives inside your home

The statistics are alarming, heart-breaking and avoidable. Each year 400 people in the United States die from “non-fire related” carbon monoxide poisoning; and 20,000 emergency room visits are due to inhalation of carbon monoxide. Almost every single one of them, is preventable. Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless and can become an issue in your home when autumn sets in. Once the cold starts creeping, we shut the windows, place draft guards at the doorways and spark up the furnace. Shutting the house up tight may save on heating bills, but the downside is that it creates a seal that prevents the house from breathing and gases to get trapped.  Any element in your house that “burns fuel” releases carbon monoxide. It exists around you every day in small quantities. It is once it is trapped and builds that it makes you ill. So how do we prevent ourselves from becoming a statistic? First know the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoni ...

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Midnight, On the Highway and Your Car Breaks Down, Now What?

It happened just two weeks ago. A few miles from our Corporate Office. A mother, her elementary school-aged daughter, a family friend and two dogs were driving in their  Volkswagen Passat on Inter-State 84 at 4am when the car ran out of gas in the right-hand travel lane. The mother proceeded to activate the cars emergency flashers and  call 911 to seek assistance. Three minutes into the call the car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer and all were killed. No one knows exactly what happened. The truck driver did not see the blinking lights on the rear of the auto until it was too late for him to stop on the roadway. The problem was compounded by the fact that the auto remained in the travel lane of a two lane, highly trafficked, interstate, after it ran out of fuel.With summer approaching, vacation season "ramping up", college students home for the summer and families embarking on road trips, June would serve as the optimal time to share some automobile safety reminders. With an emphasis on what to ...

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