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Discover the ways to fireproof a home


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

A house fire can engulf and destroy a home in a matter of minutes. Even with the fast-acting response of firefighters, a home that has caught fire may be irreparably damaged by flames, soot and water. Fire is no laughing matter, and it behooves homeowners to take precautions to fireproof their homes as much as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that although death and injuries caused by residential fires have declined gradually during the past several decades, fire-related deaths continue to pose a significant health hazard. In 2010, it is estimated that someone died in a fire every 169 minutes in the United States alone. A person was injured by fire every 30 minutes, according to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Analysis and Research Division. The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs estimates an average of 375 people die every year from fires in Canada, mostly from smoke inhalation.

Most fires are largely preventable. The following are a few fireproofing measures for safety-conscious homeowners.

•Install smoke detectors and check the batteries regularly. Smoke inhalation causes many fire-related deaths. A smoke detector should be installed outside of every bedroom and on every level of the house. Don’t install a smoke detector near a window, door or forced-air register, where drafts could interfere with the detector’s operation. Be sure to routinely check that every smoke detector is working properly.

•Have a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location. Ideally, there should be a fire extinguisher in every room of the home, but at the least keep one wherever fire is used regularly, such as a kitchen or by a fireplace. Ensure the fire extinguisher is charged and that you understand how to operate it.

•Remove combustible materials from around the house. Do not allow old clothing, rags, newspapers, or cardboard boxes to accumulate around the house. Discard newspapers and magazines as quickly as possible and be careful to avoid storing anything too close to heaters, furnaces or electrical equipment.

•Adhere to the recommended wattage in lamps and lighting fixtures. Do not exceed the recommended bulb wattage for lights around the house. There may be overheating or shorting that can lead to fire.

•Look for fireproof interior decor items. Nowadays, carpeting and furniture can be coated with fireproof c .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Recycling at the Fillmore County Fair was very successful again this year. It has been estimated that somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 beverage bottles and cans were collected and recycled. A ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Alliant Energy reminds Minnesota residents on 8/11 to call 811 before digging

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Aug. 9, 2013 – With August 11 almost here, Alliant Energy hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for everyone to call 811 before they dig. Calling 811 helps prevent potentially dangerous accide ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator From time to time, residents of Fillmore County ask me about common household items that are NOT recyclable. This article will deal with many of them and why they should be landfilled rather ..... 
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Cash for a Cause

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn., — American Red Cross Launches National Vehicle Donation Program. The American Red Cross wants your old cars. They can use your old snowmobiles, RVs, motorcycles, boats, tractors and jet skis, too. They don’t even have to work. ..... 
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Fillmore County Flood Damage Update

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) officials visited Fillmore County on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. At the end of the day, they agreed that preliminary public infrastructure damag ..... 
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