Category: Safety

Stiffer DWI Penalties in Minnesota Coming in August 2015

In Minnesota, driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 is a misdemeanor offense. Starting in August, the limit for a gross misdemeanor DWI offense is lowering from .20 to .16. So what does this mean? A Star Tribune analysis estimated a 71 percent increase in the number of DWI gross misdemeanors a year, totalling almost […]

What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning? Symptoms to Watch For

Even though most cases of carbon monoxide poisoning occur during the winter, carbon monoxide poisoning can occur at any time of the year. A recent case from June 9, 2015 shows the deadliness of this silent killer. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas. It is produced by burning fuel or from fuel-burning appliances. Carbon […]

How to Keep Your Home Secure When You’re on Vacation

Of course, we should know by now not to post on social media about taking an upcoming trip, but we don’t always think of everything else we can do to protect our home and valuables while we’re away. Rather than being on vacation and worrying about the security of your home, take a moment to […]

Kids and Cars: Anyone can forget a child in a car

During the summer months, forgetting a child in a car for even a short time can be deadly. Between 1999 and 2007, 28 deaths occured when children were left in a car for less than an hour. On average, 38 children die every year from heat-related deaths after being left in cars. These incidents typically […]

Summer Safety Tips: What to look for in a sunscreen

Did you know SPF isn’t the only thing you should look for when choosing a sunscreen? SPF only blocks ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. You also want to protect against ultraviolet A rays (UVA), which increase the risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkles. In this post, we’ll cover what to look for in a sunscreen […]

What to Do After a Burglary: 4 important steps to take

No one wants to imagine that their home could be broken into, but a burglary occurs every 15 seconds on average. If you’ve been robbed, you may be unsure as to what to do next. Who do you call? How do you recover? We’ve got some recommendations about what to do after a burglary. If […]

Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week: April 13-17, 2015

Are you ready for severe weather? Each year, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, collaborates with the National Weather Service and 16 state and local agencies and organizations to sponsor Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is designed to educate and refresh everyone […]

CST to DST: More daylight means…more burglaries

Are you still feeling a little tired from losing an hour of sleep this weekend? While it feels like we trade an hour of sleep for an extra hour of daylight, switching from Central Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time simply moves an hour of sunlight from the beginning of the day to the end of the […]

Daylight Savings Time: How is Your Sleep

Spring Forward At the end of National Sleep Awareness Week, we “spring forward” into Daylight Savings Time (except those in Arizona and Hawaii) and move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Adjusting to DST has many negative effects, some lasting longer than just the Monday after the switch to DST. Sleep […]

10 Steps to Protect Your Home Before You Go on Winter Vacation

Most people dream of escaping a cold, snowy landscape for a winter getaway. But it can be hard to enjoy your vacation if you’re worrying about your house. Not only is an empty house an easy target for burglars, other household problems can occur while you are away. Before you head out on vacation, follow […]