When the Lights Go Down in the City…

  Many residents along the east coast are left in the dark after Irene. Though we haven’t felt the effects of the tropical storm this far inland, we are no strangers to the headache of power outages. With severe thunderstorms, high winds, tornadoes, and winter storms, Ohians have the potential to lose power year-round.  Here are some interesting tips…… Continue reading When the Lights Go Down in the City…

C'mon Irene! Ohio Lends a Hand in Hurricane Relief Efforts

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. Many communities along the east coast are suffering from significant flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages. Last night, the Red Cross operated or supported about 340 emergency shelters with more than 8,600 residents from North Carolina…… Continue reading C'mon Irene! Ohio Lends a Hand in Hurricane Relief Efforts

Back to School: Top 10 Rules for Children at Home Alone

  It’s back-to-school time which means some kids will be home by themselves after school lets out. When talking to kids about being at homealone, parents should stress the following steps, and post them somewhere to remind the child about what they should, or shouldn’t, do until mom, dad or caregiver get home: Lock the door and…… Continue reading Back to School: Top 10 Rules for Children at Home Alone

Back to School: Top 10 Steps to Take

As children are returning to school, many of them will be spending time home alone after school until their parents get home from work.  Decide if your child is mature enough to be home alone and ask him or her if they would be comfortable being alone.  Parents and guardians should develop a home safety plan and…… Continue reading Back to School: Top 10 Steps to Take

Tips for Extension Cord Safety

In the last several months alone, our volunteers have responded to many home fires believed to be caused by the misuse of extension cords. Here are some safety tips recommended by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Implementing these tips will reduce your risk for preventable, extension cord fires.  Avoid connecting multiple sets of extension cords together for extra length.  Do…… Continue reading Tips for Extension Cord Safety

Fire Safety Steals the Spotlight

Even the famous face disaster, just ask country star Trace Adkins. He and his family lost their home this June to a fire that began in the garage. Luckily, his three daughters knew exactly what to do to get out safe.   Rhonda Adkins, the singer’s wife and mother of the three girls said: “”They ran…… Continue reading Fire Safety Steals the Spotlight