O Christmas Tree!

Protection Association, electrical failures or malfunctions were involved in one-third of the home fires that started with Christmas trees, and one in five occurred because a heat source was too close to the tree.
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After Disasters, Vultures May Loom

It’s difficult to select a contractor for a home improvement or repair project during the best of times, but it is an even more arduous task after a catastrophe. After such an event, the supply of contractors is often stretched, prompting … Continue reading

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Starting the Wrong Flame

Cooking equipment fires are the leading cause of U.S. home fires, and the number of home cooking equipment fires increases significantly during the winter holidays. Most cooking-related house fires can be prevented by following a few simple safety rules.

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A Leading Cause of Holiday Fires

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of more than 400 people, injure 1,650, and cause more than $990 million in damage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Home heating is one of the leading causes … Continue reading

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IDs Also Vulnerable During Catastrophes

People who have lost everything in a catastrophe often say that at least they and their loved ones are safe. But while they may be safe, their identities may not be.

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When You Don’t Want Boats to Float

Many boats along the mid-Atlantic coast were destroyed when Sandy’s tidal surge washed them inland. In many instances, the damage could have been avoided. Here are some observations from the New Jersey shoreline:

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