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As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.
For generations of children, it's been the most obvious sign that the Christmas season is really, truly, finally, here: a tree, beautifully decorated, smack in the middle of the house. And, for generations of adults, getting and decorating the tree is one of the season's most familiar traditions.
That familiarity, though, can be a problem. When a tradition becomes too familiar, it's easy to overlook something important, such as safety.
As enchanting as they are, Christmas trees can actually be dangerous. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association says that, on average, fire departments respond to more than 200 fires related to Christmas trees each year.
To help ensure your local fire department doesn’t need to pay you a visit this holiday season, here are some common-sense tips on Christmas tree safety:
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During a freeze, fresh water that has not been flushed out of a boat can cause major damage. Water left in pipes, plumbing lines, holding lines, sewage tanks or the engine has the potential to freeze and expand causing, potentially, thousands of dollars worth of damage to a boat.
A cracked engine from lack of winterization can be very costly. Even more, if you didn't take the time to winterize your boat, those damages may not be covered under your boat insurance policy. That's why it's so important to take some time to winterize your boat. An hour of prevention could save you thousands of dollars and one big headache.
Don't run the risk of letting your water pipes freeze. It's relatively easy to install heat tape and it's a good way to prevent major damage to your manufactured home. If your freshwater pipes are already wrapped in heat tape, check that the heat tape was properly installed, and periodically check the heat tape to make sure it isn't worn or frayed.