Safety Tips for Using Portable Generators This Winter

A portable electric generation being used to power a home in the snow during winter.Experiencing power outages during New England winters is an unfortunate inevitability that many of us have to contend with. With frigid temperatures that can quickly make one’s home uninhabitable without electricity, many Massachusetts residents have invested in portable generators to keep their heat running when the power goes out. However, despite the convenience of generators, they come with their fair share of risks. If you’re looking to safeguard your home from power outages, learn these safety tips for using portable generators this winter. [Read more…]

Outdoor Dining: Safety Considerations for Restaurants

Plastic out door dining bubbles with tables and chairs inside to make for safe COVID-19 dining at restaurantsDespite the opposing forces of tightening COVID-19 restrictions and the beginning of a long and cold season, restaurants are seeking ways to stay operational. Many restaurant owners are considering outdoor dining structures – such as yurts, pods, and tents – to keep customers warm while also limiting COVID-19 exposure. However, there’s the risk of numerous legal and safety repercussions should a restaurant neglect the proper precautions. It’s vital that business owners carefully evaluate the viability of outdoor dining and the overall safety considerations for restaurants. [Read more…]

Knowing Your House: Home Fire Prevention

Home Exterior of a large house.When it comes to avoiding home fires, there’s a lot of good traditional advice: replace smoke detectors, avoid grease fires, avoid unattended flames, and properly use and maintain your home’s heaters. But a lot about the danger of the fires isn’t impacted about how they start, but how they spread. Your home itself can impact if fires start and how much they will spread. So whether you’re looking at buying a new home or safeguarding the one you’re currently in, having knowledge about its construction and layout can help you with home fire prevention. The following information is from a UL Science report, designed to look at how modern fires have changed for firefighters. [Read more…]

Fire Safety in the Home: 3 Cold Weather Firestarters

Open flame of a candle.Winter is a time of togetherness, but it’s not always voluntary. The brutal cold and rugged weather keeps individuals indoors as much as the spate of holidays. As we spend more time indoors against the cold, we perform more activities indoors. Ordinarily safe activities can become dangerous as repetition causes laxness, and not just to the individual involved. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are over 360,000 homes each year damaged by fire. Below you’ll find three of common causes of home fires, and at least one of them will probably surprise you. [Read more…]