Chimney Safety Tips
We see it every year: fatal fires that could possibly be prevented. Two brother's lives were tragically taken this week from a fire that started in a chimney. Jason Johnson, Public Education Officer for...
Driving in Snow and Ice
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself...
Burning Wood Safely
While some home owners who burn wood view a chimney fire as "normal" and
"expected", the truth is many wood burners have never experienced a
While newer woodstoves...
Thawing Frozen Water Pipes
Home owners can use hair dryers, heat tape or space heaters on the affected areas. DO NOT use any open flames, such as torches, to thaw the pipes! To prevent frozen water pipes, run tap water...
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Service all heating systems and all gas-, oil- or coal-burning appliances by a technician annually.
Install a battery-operated and electric-powered carbon monoxide
detector in your...
Use your generator safely during a power outage
Generators are great . . . especially when you lose power. However, generators can be dangerous when not used properly.
The Dangers of Home Oxygen and Smoking
oxygen equipment can save lives, and allow patients with breathing
problems to stay in their homes and lead fuller lives. However, home
oxygen can also be extremely dangerous. In Massachusetts,...
NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!
If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter....
Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety
Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection...
Hurricane: Before, During and After the Storm
If forecasters are beginning to talk about a hurricane or tropical storm possibly affecting Maine, get prepared now. Even though we've given you some approximate...