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Radon Testing Information

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which comes from uranium-containing rocks in the ground.  As uranium decays, radon is produced in proportion to the amount of uranium containing rocks in the area.  This odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas can...

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Preparation for a Home Inspection

When you are selling your home and a home inspection has been scheduled, your preparation for a home inspection can help the process go smoothly, which may save you time and money.  Keep in mind that home inspectors are not required to move items to access and area,...

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Emergency Escape for Fire Safety

Basements and every sleeping room should have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening that opens directly onto a public street, public alley, yard or court. This standard is required because many deaths and injuries happen when occupants are asleep...

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Bathroom Ventilation

Bathroom ventilation systems are designed to exhaust moist air and odors to the exterior of the home.  Failure to properly vent moisture from the bathroom can cause biological growths like mold and mildew, and can cause cosmetic and even structural damage.  A typical...

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that forms from incomplete combustion of fuels, such as natural or liquefied petroleum gas, oil, wood or coal. Facts and Figures Each year in the U.S., approximately 500 deaths are caused by non-fire-related...

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Smoke Alarms for Home Safety

Smoke alarms, also known as smoke detectors, are devices that detect smoke and issue an audible and/or a visual signal to alert residents to a potential fire. Facts and Figures According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Although most newer homes have smoke...

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Pool Safety in the Home

Each year, hundreds of young children die and thousands come close to death due to submersion in residential swimming pools. Clearly, we need to do all we can to enhance swimming pool safety.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has estimated that each year,...

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Home Safety for the Elderly

"Aging in place" is the phenomenon describing senior citizens' ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Those who age in place will not have to move from their present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to...

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House Numbers for Safety

House numbers serve a critical function for emergency personnel, so homeowners should make sure that they’re clearly displayed.  House numbers should be clear enough so that police, the fire department, paramedics, etc., can quickly locate properties in an emergency....

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Wood-Destroying Organisms and Other Pests

Wood-destroying organisms and other pests can cause serious problems in the wooden structural components of a house, and an infestation may go unnoticed until the damage is already extensive. Control measures include preventing insect entry by sealing holes and...

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Improving Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is generally worse than most people believe, but there are things you can do about it.  Here are some tips for improving indoor air quality in your home. Some Quick Facts: Indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoor air. Problems can arise...

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