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Don’t Let Winter Travel Problems Spoil Your Merry Christmas

The consumer advocacy publication Consumer Reports offers a variety of tips for safe travel at Christmas time. Have a full tank of gas before you leave. Check your fluids and tire pressure and make adjustments if necessary. Bring a winter emergency kit that includes a flashlight, blankets, a first aid kit, some basic tools, water, snacks, an ice scraper and snowbrush, a towrope, jumper cables and sand or kitty litter (for traction if you get stuck). Pack lightly and don’t overload your car. Also be sure to pack

Safety Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Christmas Lights

Christmas tree lights can cause electric shock and fire. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, one-fifth of the injuries from holiday decorations treated in hospital emergency rooms are associated with Christmas tree lights. And Christmas trees are involved in nearly 400 fires every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, resulting in more than a dozen deaths, dozens of injuries and more than $10 million in property damage and loss. Short circuiting lights are cited as the main cause