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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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5 Steps to a Home Fire Safety Plan

December 8, 2015 1:45 am

Did you know you may have just two minutes to exit your home in the event of a fire?

According to a recent survey by the American Red Cross, many have a false sense of security when it comes to fire safety, with some believing they have as much as 10 minutes to leave their home if a fire breaks out. Most parents believe their children know what to do in case of fire, despite only half discussing fire safety with their families—just 10 percent of families have actually practiced home fire drills, and only about 25 percent have identified a safe place where family members can meet outside the home, the survey found.

To keep your family safe from home fires, the Red Cross advises the following tips:

• Test your smoke alarms every month and replace the batteries when needed.
• Develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of day.
• Ensure there are two ways to get out of every room and consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes on the second floor or above.
• Pick a place outside of the home for everyone to meet and make sure everyone knows where it is.
• Practice the home fire drill until everyone in the household can do it in less than two minutes.

Source: American Red Cross

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10 Years in Housing: What's Changed?

December 8, 2015 1:45 am

From the recession to new regulation, the housing market has seen unprecedented change in the last 10 years. In that time, the United States Census Bureau has documented those changes through the American Community Survey, the nation’s largest ongoing household survey that produces statistics annually at all levels of geography.

"The American Community Survey is how America knows what America needs," Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson says. "From its beginning 10 years ago, it immediately proved to be a vital tool in providing a portrait of Gulf Coast communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Today, it is the premier source of statistics for anyone needing detailed local information for small towns, neighborhoods and communities both rural and urban."

Survey highlights over the past 10 years include:

• Between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, median monthly housing costs for owners with a mortgage increased in 177 counties and decreased in 1,163 counties. In 1,798 counties, the change was not statistically significant. In 171 counties, owners with a mortgage had a median monthly housing cost greater than $1,750, with 63 of these counties located in the Northeast.

• Between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, median gross rent increased in 719 counties and decreased in 204 counties. The change was not statistically significant in 2,217 counties. In 182 counties, renters had a median gross rent of more than $1,000, with 65 of these counties located in the South, 62 counties located in in the West, 49 counties located in the Northeast and six located in the Midwest.

• Between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, the percent of housing units that were owner-occupied increased in 115 counties and decreased in 931 counties. The change was not statistically significant in 2,096 counties. In 136 counties, more than 80 percent of the housing units were owner-occupied, with 73 of these counties located in the Midwest.

• Between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, median household income increased in 187 counties and decreased in 991 counties. The change in median income was not statistically significant in 1,964 counties. 260 counties had median household income greater than $60,000, and 223 had median household income of less than $35,000. Counties surrounding Washington, D.C. and New York City had among the highest median household incomes, along with counties in the San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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