Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “Silent Killer” as it is odorless, colorless and tasteless, yet can have deadly consequences. Carbon monoxide is a gas byproduct of burning fossil fuels in your furnace, clothes dryer, fireplace, automobile, portable heater, generator or other small engines and home appliances. Most issues occur when the equipment is malfunctioning or is in need of service or repair. Continue reading

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Could a Threat to Your Financial Well-Being be Lurking in Your Backyard?

Think about the last time you thoroughly examined your financial portfolio: did you assess all potential risks? Chances are you overlooked liability when conducting your financial review. Continue reading

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When the Power Goes Out, Can You Get Out of Your Garage?

Power outages are common occurrences in many parts of the country and their frequencies have been steadily rising over the years. Occasional outages can be a nuisance and disruptive to our lives but they can also pose serious life safety risks especially during natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires.

One way to help ensure continuous operation of garage doors and timely evacuations during power outages is to install backup batteries on the garage door openers. Continue reading

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Plant a Garden, Not a Fire Threat

Spring is in the air and the planting season is underway. Gardens are being planted across the country, yet there is an underlying threat that is not top of mind with many – the threat of a mulch fire.

Mulch is widely used in landscapes for both aesthetic and functional purposes, and is applied frequently in spring to help slow the loss of soil moisture during the hot summer months, discourage weed growth, reduce soil erosion and dust, and maintain a neat and tidy appearance. Mulch can be made from a variety of materials including ground rubber, pine needles, oat straw, shredded bark nuggets, composted leaves, ground recycled pallets, etc. However, despite its benefits, mulch can pose a fire hazard. Continue reading

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Shedding Light on Generators

Power failures can occur at any time of year. Extended power failures can be caused by natural disasters such as windstorms, ice storms, wildfires or earthquakes. Grid-disabling natural disasters can cause power interruptions longer than 24 hours for millions of customers.

Backup generators can make life easier during a power failure. The two main types of generators are portable and permanently installed. Continue reading

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Preventing Sewer Backup with Sewer Backwater Valves

One of the last things a homeowner wants to experience is a sewer backup. Not only is this unpleasant, but it can cause significant property damage and create health hazards. Fortunately, you can help prevent sewer backups by installing a backwater valve.

Backwater valves, also known as back flow valves, are an easy-to-install and economical solution to help protect yourself and your family from contaminated sewer water backing-up into your home. The backwater valve is used to prevent outbound sewer water from a home’s drain pipes from re-entering — “back flowing”— into the home. The valve contains a flap that allows water to exit the home, but closes to prevent the back flow into the home.
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Winter Weather Update:
Helping Your Home Brave the Elements

With wintry weather conditions still gripping many regions, it’s the perfect time to review preventative measures to help protect your home and family. After several months of cold temperatures and with snow loads accumulating over extended periods of time, your home can become more susceptible to weather-related damage. It’s never too late to double check your preparedness and make sure your home has optimal safety and protective measures in place.Following are tips to help protect both your family and your home. Continue reading

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Checking Smoke Detectors

Does your home have a smoke alarm? A fire can grow quickly, leaving you with a window of only one or two minutes to get out safely. Early notification of a fire is critical, which is why smoke detectors are so important.

But how do you know your smoke detector is functioning correctly? Continue reading

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Before You Cozy Up to a Winter Fire: Chimney and Fireplace Safety Tips

The arrival of colder weather is a good time to conduct routine maintenance on your chimney and heating system.

Faulty heating systems are the second leading cause of residential fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 2/3 of those fires are caused by improperly maintained fireplaces, chimneys and wood stoves. There is an average of 22,700 fireplace or chimney fires in the U.S. per year, causing an average of 15 deaths, and total average losses of $112,000,000 annually, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC). Most of these losses are preventable with routine fireplace and chimney inspection and maintenance!
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Holiday Gift-Giving Safety Tips

The holiday season is a time filled with family, friends and gift-giving. But many popular gifts can inadvertently introduce new risk to you and your recipient’s homes and wallets. To avoid being the holiday gift giving Grinch, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing gifts for friends and family. Continue reading

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