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Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treat

Remember getting all dressed in your costume to go trick-or-treating? Pure spooky joy. To keep it fun, everyone needs to stay safe. Here are 13 helpful tips to make sure your kids have a healthy and happy Halloween.


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Home Security Checklist

How safe is your home?  There are 6 things to look at and review from spare keys, locking up, outdoor security to outdoor items and property.

Here is a convenient checklist from Real Simple

Electrical Cords and Outlets

Home Heating

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fire Extinguishers

Escape Plans


You can find more and complete your own checklist at Real Simple.

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Furnace Safety Tips

It’s only a few weeks until November and the average high is 46 degrees and the average low is 31 degrees.  If you haven’t done so already, you need to have your furnace checked.  Here are some safety tips for you to stay warm in the coming months.

Before winter arrives, the most important thing you need to do for yourself and your family is to ensure that your furnace is operational, safe, and as energy-efficient as you can make it. When that first cold day hits, you don't want to turn on the furnace only to discover that it isn't working. (A lot can happen during the warmer months to affect your furnace.)

No doubt about it, your best bet is to call an HVACR professional and have them come out and inspect your furnace. During a regular maintenance inspection, the repairman also will clean the furnace, change the filter, check for leaks and unhealthy gases, and ensure that everything is operational. You also can (and should if you can afford it) pay them to clean the furnace ducts.

To help you avoid problems, here are a few precautions that you should take when using your furnace:

Here are a few other things that you can do yourself:

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Information and recommendations are compiled from sources believed to be reliable. The Sheriff’s Office  makes no guarantee as to and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances.