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Keep Pets Safe in Winter Storm

AUBURN, Alabama—Most Alabama residents are not accustomed to blustering winds and icy weather. Preparations for a winter storm include stocking the pantry and winterizing vehicles, but don’t forget provisions for the four-legged members of the family. As wintery weather moves into the state, preparing a warm, dry shelter for pets should be a priority. Robert Spencer, an Alabama Extension animal ... Read More »

Staying Safe While Hunting

Auburn, Ala.— Hunting safety is always a top priority regardless of game, ammo or method.  In Alabama, bow season is open now and gun season opens in mid-November for deer. Marisa Lee Futral, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources hunter education coordinator, says follow key guidelines for a safe hunting experience. Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety Treat every firearm with ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

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AUBURN, Ala. – The calm after the storm is when homeowners head out to assess damages to homes and property.  When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are serious problems to deal with before recovery begins. Illness or injury may result from contaminated water, debris-filled roadways, electrical and fire hazards and displaced wildlife. Follow ... Read More »

Safety First: Staying Safe this Hunting Season

AUBURN, Ala. — It’s that time of year again–the time for football, falling leaves and family. But for many people, fall means one thing in particular–hunting season. Although hunting is a popular activity, it can be a dangerous one, too. “Hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities because most hunters realize their responsibility to be safe,” said Dr. Jim ... Read More »

Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

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AUBURN, Ala.–It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, ... Read More »

Be Smart about Water Moccasins and Other Water Snakes

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As people take to lakes and rivers to cool off from summer’s heat,  it’s possible they might see a snake in the water.  Not every snake you see swimming is a water moccasin.  Alabama has a number of non-venomous water snakes. There are ways to tell the difference, and Alabama Extension professionals have important information to keep you and yours safe ... Read More »

Protect Yourself: Tips for Safe Chainsaw Use

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All too often, people do not read the operator’s manual.  That may not be a problem for hair dryers and vacuums.  But Dr. Mathew Smidt, an Alabama Extension forestry specialist, says when it comes to chainsaws, the first thing to do is read and understand the owner’s manual. “If you only read one manual in your life, read your chainsaw owner’s ... Read More »

Winterizing Your Home

Alabama is considered to have mild winters in comparison to other parts of the country, but the state does experience some winter weather extremes almost every year. If you haven’t winterized your home yet, do it now before the temperatures settle into winter averages. Alabama Extension professional Virginia Morgan White shared some  tips to help cold proof and winterize your home ... Read More »

How to Stay Safe During Tornado Season

Alabama is one of the few states in the United States that has a tornado season that technically occurs year-round. However, Alabama does have two peaks in the season, which are considered the most conducive to tornados. These two peaks occur from March to April and also the last two weeks of October through November. As the second peak in ... Read More »

Fall Harvest Season Presents Many Dangers on Farms

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Fall harvest season is here for many farmers in Alabama. Farmers across the state are heading to their fields with huge combines and powerful tractors pulling grain wagons. “This is the most dangerous time of year in farm country, and there is an ever present danger of serious injury or death among agricultural workers,” said Dr. Jesse LaPrade, a farm ... Read More »