5 Ways to Strengthen Your Home’s Defenses Against Wildfire

In many parts of the US, wildfire threatens homes and businesses alike. According to the Insurance Information Institute, about 9.8 million acres burned in the 2017 period, and 8,700 structures were destroyed in Northern California alone.

A structure can be threatened in three ways: direct exposure to flames, radiated heat, and airborne firebands. According to the National Fire Protection Association, airborne firebands, such as ember fall-out, account for the majority of structures affected by wildfire. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile via wind and can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects. Continue reading

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Time for a Spring Cleaning to Protect Against Chimney Fires

Although spring may have sprung, it’s never too late to pay attention to chimney safety. The arrival of warmer weather also is a good time to conduct routine maintenance on your chimney and heating system after a busy winter season. Continue reading

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Protecting Your Home from Fire While It’s Under Construction

Building or remodeling a home is an exciting time filled with many decisions. A consideration often overlooked is the importance of fire protection during this time when your home is most susceptible to fire due to construction-related activities. Luckily there … Continue reading

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Kitchen Safety

Thanksgiving Day conjures up delicious images for thousands of American families. Unfortunately, cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, according to the American Red Cross, cooking fires nearly double on Thanksgiving Day, causing more … Continue reading

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From Rain: Fire

When insurers surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in August, they expected to see a lot of wet basements, downed trees, and damaged roofs. There was plenty of that—from North Carolina all the way up to Maine. What was … Continue reading

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