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Common causes of fire: Candles, Surge Protectors and Space Heaters

Decorating a table with a candle is a great idea, provided that the candle isn’t part of a centerpiece that contains combustible materials. Before you light the candle in your centerpiece, remove the surrounding decorations and blow it out before you and your guests …Read More

Can clothes dryers really catch fire?

If you are in the habit of operating your clothes dryer while you are out of the house, you could someday suffer a fire that goes unnoticed and does severe damage to your home. The fire can start with an equipment malfunction. It can grow rapidly …Read More

Choose the right ice melt product for your slippery spots

Homeowners have a lot of choices when it comes to products they can use to melt ice on sidewalks and driveways: calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, and sodium chloride (rock salt) to name a few. While all are sold as ice-melt products, they …Read More

You can help keep your trash collection on time

As a result of the Pandemic, more people are working from home. This shift in work places has resulted in an increase in the quantity of trash households are generating. In addition, the upcoming holidays are also a time when waste collectors see increases …Read More

Are portable fire escape ladders a good thing?

The fire department is asked a lot about whether we recommend fire escape ladders for children’s bedrooms. There are many factors to consider when determining whether a portable ladder is for you or your family. Portable fire escape ladders are designed for emergency escapes …Read More

If you use space heaters, use them safely

Never plug a space heater into a power strip. They are not designed to handle the high current flow these appliances demand and can overheat or catch fire. Make sure the space heater’s power cord does not interfere with foot traffic or create a …Read More

Deer are active now. Stay clear.

According the the Highway Loss Data Institute, the number of insurance claims because of animal-vehicle collisions peaks in November. Take steps to keep yourself clear of deer on the roads. Stay alert and use high beams when there isn’t oncoming traffic. If you spot …Read More

Let’s talk turkey –deep fried

If you will be frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, here are a few preparations you can make and safety tips to follow that will help you deliver a juicy, golden-brown turkey to your table. Use a fryer that has a built-in thermostat so the …Read More

Clean gutters but be careful using ladders

It’s leaf season in Central Ohio, so if you have trees in or near your yard, your home’s gutters may fill to the brim, blocking water flow to your downspouts. A blocked gutter can overflow, causing damage to your foundation and damp conditions in …Read More

Target shooting on private property in Township legal but carries risks

Because of a recent report of target shooting on private Washington Township property, Township Trustees want to remind residents in the unincorporated township of the risk and responsibility this activity carries. While it  is legal to discharge firearms on private property in Washington Township, it …Read More