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Can your crockpot/slow cooker really cause a fire like one did on Tuesday night’s episode of “This Is Us?”

During Tuesday's episode, Jack Pearson turned off the power switch on his old slow cooker, but did not unplug it before retiring for the night. The cooker malfunctioned, the power light flickered, and then sparks and flames engulfed the kitchen, spreading throughout the Pearson home. If you watched the episode and have been rethinking using a slow cooker, you are not alone. But let's look at some facts about what happened on the show as well as the threat of slow cooker fires.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:02

January Is National Radon Action Month

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What Is Radon And What Are The Risks

Radon is a natuarlly occuring radioactive gas, a byproduct of uranium decay, that becomes dangerous when it builds up in your home. It escapes from soil into homes and buildings through cracks in solid floors, construction joints, wall cracks and cavities, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, and even through the water supply. Because nearly all soils contain uranium, radon is everywhere (see interactive radon map of U.S.).

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Dangerously elevated levels can exist indoors, where it’s undetectable to human senses. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can be dangerous to your health.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

What is National Radon Action Month?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated January as Radon Action Month in 1999 to raise awareness of radon. In addition to raising radon awareness, this month of action is meant to encourage people to get their homes and work spaces tested for radon.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 01:28

How To Create A Home Inventory For Insurance

Would you be able to remember all your possessions if you have a water or fire loss, or in the event of natural disaster? Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled faster, verify losses for your income tax return and help you purchase the correct amount of insurance. Here's how to create one.

If you're just setting up a household, starting a home inventory is relatively simple. If you’ve been living in the same house for many years, however, the task of creating a list can seem daunting—but it doesn’t have to be. Get started here.


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