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Every July Fourth, Americans gather at parades, barbecues and other events to celebrate our nation’s independence. Traditionally, fireworks are the highlight of these celebrations. All too often, though, the night ends badly due to someone’s carelessness. Unfortunately, I speak from experience.

Shocking Consequences

Later that day, I grabbed my multimeter to see if I could figure out the problem with the new water heater. It had two heating elements in the tank — one located about a foot from the ground and the second a couple of feet higher. I didn’t bother to read the operator’s manual.

  • 1 May 2023
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Watch Your Step

It has no electrical cord, gas engine or whirling blades; yet it’s still one of the most potentially dangerous items in your garage. Each year, more than 220,000 people are injured while using it. In fact, annually, it sends more people to the emergency room than lawn mowers and home workshop saws combined.

  • 12 March 2023
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A Sloppy Chop

I know that most of you are not planning on moving out of your swanky city apartment so that you can chop wood to heat your quaint little country cottage, but the lesson learned here is more fundamental than that. We find ourselves in unfamiliar situations all the time. Take a moment to do a little informal risk assessment.

  • 13 November 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Weathering Winter's Wrath

Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds to much of the United States as well as increase the risk of vehicle accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion.

  • 23 October 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Preparing for the Worst

Each September, National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.

  • 1 September 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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