PUCO’s five tips for safe home heating

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) offers home heating safety reminders as the winter season arrives. Once a year, have your furnace, vents, flues and chimneys inspected by a qualified service professional. Never use an oven to heat the house. This can damage the oven and may cause carbon monoxide to release into the […]

Holliday Fund awards grant for fire safety

The Chief Jack Holliday Memorial Fund at Marion Community Fund awarded a grant to the Marion Township Fire Department, who observed October as national Fire Prevention Month. The award will allow the department to purchase smoke detectors and batteries and install them for Marion area residents whose homes are not equipped. Members of the department […]

Patrol reminds motorists that safety belts save lives

There is no disputing that wearing a safety belt can save your life. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is encouraging all motorists to buckle up this upcoming holiday season and continue to do so throughout the new year. From 2013-2015 1,151 people were killed in crashes across Ohio who were not wearing an available safety […]

Cautious driving, insurance reviews stressed as deer activity peaks in Ohio

After the most deer-vehicle crashes on Ohio roadways in years, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor is stressing driver precaution this November, a peak month for deer movement. “The danger deer present combined with inattentive driving can lead to trouble,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Committing to mindful driving and reviewing your […]

La Nin᷈a may bring colder, snowier winter; Winter Safety Awareness Week is November 13-19

Last year, thanks to El Niño, Ohio and other Midwestern states had a pretty mild winter. But this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, La Nin᷈ a will influence winter conditions, bringing wetter, cooler conditions to the northern United States. Forecasters say La Nin᷈ a will bring more […]

Fire Marshal urges working smoke alarms, escape plans as Ohioans “fall back”

State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers is reminding Ohioans to think about what they can do to prepare for the event of a fire at home by changing the batteries in their smoke alarms when moving clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 6, 2016. In conjunction with Ohio’s fire departments and the #WhatCanYouDo social […]

Sheriff’s Office deploying additional deputies to enforce traffic safety for Halloween

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey announced his office will be participating in a countywide traffic detail targeting speed and alcohol related violations for Halloween. Deputies will be conducting extra traffic enforcement and patrol on October 31st for Trick-Or-Treat night. In an effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public, the sheriff’s office will be […]

Ohio AG, Prevent Blindness, Optical Dispensers Board warn against “dangerous” contacts for Halloween

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, and the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board have joined forces to warn consumers about the dangers of wearing decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription this Halloween season. They remind the public that it is illegal for anyone to dispense or sell contact lenses without […]

Open burning precautions given for Fall wildfire season

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) urges Ohioans to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this fall. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November. Burning is limited in the fall […]

Marion Sheriff announces expansion of Senior Watch program

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is expanding their Senior Watch program that has been active in the Village of Prospect for several months now, according the Sheriff Tim Bailey. The program will now be expanded to the whole county so that Marion County’s elderly and special needs population can be better protected. A deputy sheriff […]