Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather is here in the Kanawha Valley. Driving on snow and ice can be dangerous even for the most experienced drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these tips to keep safe.

Frying Your Turkey This Thanksgiving?

Research shows that Thanksgiving is the most common day of the year for home cooking fires—and that turkey fryers are a major reason why. Most turkey fryers hold gallons of oil, a combustible substance. A large turkey can cause the oil to splash, leading to a fire or serious skin burns.

Is your home ready for colder weather?

Whether we like it or not, colder weather is here. We have all unpacked or glvoes, coats and long-sleeve clothes, but what about our homes? Is your home ready for the winter months? By spending a few hours checking your home now, you can avoid problems and increase energy efficiency during the winter months.

Making Sure Trick or Treat is Safe and Fun

For children, Trick or Treat night is one of the best nights of the year. They dream of bags filled with chocolate, lolipops and other delicious treats. But as parents, we want to make sure our children stay safe during the holiday.

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for making Halloween fun and safe. Read More

Avoiding Parking Lot Accidents

You pull into a crowded parking lot, maybe at the mall, or at the hospital. Immediately you are apprehensive about where you park and who is parked near you.  Accidents in crowded parking lots account for twenty percent of all car accidents, so you are right to hesitate. 

Here are some practical steps you can take to minimize your risks.

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Home-Based Businesses: Making Sure You are Protected

The rise of the personal computer and the large number of jobs lost during the recession drove many Americans to set up shop in their homes. Today, the U.S. Small Business Administrationreports that home-based businesses now account for half of all businesses in the United States.

Preventing Kitchen Fires

According to the Red Cross, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and related injuries. In addition, an estimated 90 percent of these fires are caused by unattended cooking, while home fires are more likely to start in your kitchen than in any other area of your home.

Outdoor Fire Safety

Outdoor fires are a popular, and warm, way to carry summer fun into fall. My family in particular loves nothing better than a warm fire around our fire pit when friends and family are visiting, and we have no shortage of wood and marshmallows stashed for these spur of the moment occasions. If you’re new to hosting outdoor fires, here are tips to help you get started.