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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Dispelling the Misperceptions About Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Most homes in the United States are protected from fire by smoke detection systems, but have you considered a residential fire sprinkler system? Residential sprinkler systems reduce the chances of dying in a fire by 69% when compared to a … Continue reading

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From RAGS to RUINS!
Spontaneous Combustion: What a Homeowner Should Know

If your plans for 2017 include home maintenance or renovation projects, don’t let your dreams go up in smoke before the work is finished. Spontaneous combustion happens quickly and causes an estimated 14,000 fires each year, according to the National … Continue reading

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Prevent Wildfires – Do A Fall Cleanup!

We’ve all heard of conducting a spring cleanup around our homes – but what about a fall cleanup? As fire season seems to linger on longer every year, homeowners should understand that the best way to protect themselves from the … Continue reading

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

If you’re one of the growing number of people who live in a dwelling protected by fire sprinklers, congratulations on taking an important step to protect your home and family against fire. For many homeowners, fire sprinklers are an unfamiliar … Continue reading

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