What Every Homeowner Should Know About Fire Extinguishers

According to the National Fire Protection Association, every 23 seconds a fire department responded to a fire in the US in 2015. Equipping your home with portable fire extinguishers can assist in minimizing fire damage from small, self-contained fires before much needed help arrives.

You may be unsure of which fire extinguishers are best for your home, where they should be located, or even how to use them. Let’s take a look at the different types of fire extinguishers and review some tips for buying, maintaining and using a fire extinguisher in your home.
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Great Walls of Fire!
Fencing Considerations for Wildfire Prevention

Fences (and walls) have been around since ancient times. They are functional, provide privacy, and keep cities, businesses and homes secure. However, during a wildfire, a fence may do more harm than good.

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What to Know Before You Go: When Your Travel Plans May Involve Danger

In the past, many American travelers divided the world into two categories: “safe” and “unsafe” zones. Today, however, this line is becoming less defined as more Americans are traveling to areas around the world that were previously perceived as risky, … Continue reading

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Swimming Pool Safety: Sensible Ways to Enjoy Your Backyard Oasis

With summer now upon us, what better way to beat the heat of those lazy, hazy days than a refreshing plunge into a backyard swimming pool! Although a pool can provide endless summer fun, there are inherent risks associated with … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Liabilities Crash Your Outdoor Parties This Summer

From sophisticated garden parties to casual backyard barbeques to huge Fourth of July bashes, summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining. With some extra planning before and during events, property damage and personal liability can be avoided.

Large parties will often involve vendors for catering, valet and security. While these services can help a party move smoothly, it is important to know who you are letting on your property. Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure you hire a reputable company. When hiring, be sure to ask if the company does background checks on their employees.
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While You’re Away, Cybercriminals Will Prey

Summer is a great time to get away and relax, but for many, safety remains a number one concern. In fact, 72% of U.S. travelers say they would pay more for vacation if they could ensure greater security, as well as … Continue reading

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You Have Arrived: How to Stay Safe During Summer Vacation

Once your summer vacation is planned, itinerary set and bags packed, the fun has only just begun. But, in addition to taking the proper precautionary measures prior to take-off to reduce your travel exposure, there are a number of potential risks to keep in mind once you have arrived at your destination.

Whether traveling within the U.S. or flying overseas, consider the following best practices to help ensure your vacation is as stress-free and safe as possible:
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What to Know Before You Go: Three Things to Consider Before Traveling This Summer

Americans will spend close to $100 billion on summer travel in 2017. But as millions of travelers plan their vacations to destinations both home and abroad, many are overlooking significant risks.

Fortunately, there are a number of measures you can take to help protect your family. Yes—it will add a few extra steps to your pre-departure preparations, but taking the time to prepare for the unexpected will give you peace of mind and ensure a stress-free summer vacation. In the event of an emergency while traveling, you’ll have the tools and resources you need to remain safe.
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Summer Nights: Have Fun But Don’t Have a Blast!

Year round in some parts of the country, and as temperatures start to rise in the rest, people extend their living spaces to the outdoors. As new products and technologies come on the market, extending indoor living rooms and kitchens outside is becoming easier and easier.

All-weather appliances, cabinets, furniture, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits make it easy to create an outdoor living room. Due to the ease and fun of creating these spaces, safety may be overlooked. Outdoor safety practices should be similar to indoor safety.
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Preparing for the Storm

Every year from June 1st to November 30th, coastal residents brace for “Hurricane Season”. One of nature’s most fierce natural disasters poses problems if you’re not prepared. Knowing your vulnerabilities and having a plan can help save your family’s lives and protect your property.

A preparedness plan addresses vulnerabilities and provides guidance on how to best protect your family and property. The following preparations are a good starting point for protecting your most prized possessions and should be part of your plan.
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