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Commissioner Causey urges fireworks and grilling safety this July 4th

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is urging North Carolinians to stay safe this Independence Day by leaving fireworks to the professionals and by practicing safe techniques around the grills.

Fireworks and grilling are traditional parts of America’s Fourth of July celebration, but if not handled properly, both could end with a trip to the hospital or have the potential to cause damage.

Results are in: Office of State Fire Marshal installs thousands of smoke alarms on Smoke Alarm Saturday

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, is pleased to announce that Smoke Alarm Saturday 2022 was a huge success in the ongoing effort to prevent fire deaths in North Carolina.

OSFM organizers and firefighters from 79 fire departments across North Carolina went door-to-door in 47 counties to check homes for the presence of working smoke alarms and install new ones where needed at no charge to residents. (FOR VIDEO SLIDESHOW, CLICK HERE)

Portable heaters, carbon monoxide poisoning, ahead of another winter storm, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey shares safe heating tips

As North Carolina braces for what could be yet another round of winter weather this weekend, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey urges everyone to keep fire safety in mind, especially when using portable heaters.

In the first four weeks of 2022, 11 people have already lost their lives in home fires in North Carolina. Last year, there were 134 fire deaths across the state.

Ahead of winter storm, State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds families to have and check their carbon monoxide alarms

With the threat of wintry weather across the state this weekend, there is a chance that many North Carolinians will be without power in extremely low temperatures. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds people who use portable generators or alternative heating sources about the increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fire. 

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey urges caution for portable heaters during winter weather

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, noting that wintry weather could touch our state this weekend, urges North Carolinians to use extra caution when using portable heaters.

Many people will be using fireplaces and portable space heaters to stay warm. Unfortunately, portable heaters can ignite, as one did in New York City Sunday, where 17 people, including eight children, died.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Are you ready?

In recognition of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, which runs from Dec. 5-11 in North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey urges families to make preparations now for potentially dangerous weather this winter.

“Although North Carolina isn’t necessarily known for its harsh winters, that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down,” said Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal. “Between holiday traveling, cooking and other potential fire risks, it is so important for families to keep safety in mind this winter.”

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