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Keven Moore: Be careful with cozy space heater, check it out and use cautiously to avoid house fire

Did you know that half of the home heating fires are reported during December, January, and February? We are in the middle of peak season as January is the month where winter has settled in and many of us are binge-watching our shows on Netflix, Hulu, Primetime or Disney curled up either in front of a warm fireplace or space heater. Most of us all at least own at least one space heater, reserve for...

December is the leading month for U.S. home fires; take steps to avoid tragedy during the holidays

Glittering decorations, holiday meals and treats, enjoying the warmth of home on a wintry day — these are hallmarks of the holiday season. However, these traditions and festivities also present an increased risk of fire, making December a leading month for U.S. home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are two of the top three days for...

Satellite images from Planet reveal devastating impact of Amazon fires in near real-time

image of fires burning in the state of Pará, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2019 (Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.)(Click for larger image) By Rhett A. Butler Mongabay High-resolution images from satellite company Planet are revealing glimpses of some of the fires currently devastating the Amazon rainforest. While many of the images currently being shared on social media and by news outlets are from past...

Keven Moore: Flight attendants are safety professionals in disguise, vital to airline experience

Working as a flight attendant has its perks. You get to travel the world, live where you want and set your own schedule. To some this appears to be glamorous and fun, a well-traveled restaurant server that comes with a suitcase. But they are really safety professionals in disguise. I have never worked as a flight attendant, but I have stayed in my fair share of distant Holiday Inns over the years....

Keven Moore: New generation of smoke detectors is game-changing technology that will save lives

The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication. In today’s world, however, detecting a “smoke signal” is synonymous with warning occupants within a home of potential fire hazard and saving lives. According to a somewhat-dated National Fire Protection Association report, smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Statistics indicate that three-quarters of...