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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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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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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Historic Home Maintenance 101

When it comes to maintenance, your historic home has some unique needs beyond the common ones associated with any home. Understanding the differences between historic building materials versus newer materials is the first step in maintaining the integrity of a … Continue reading

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Preemptive Strikes – Protecting Smart Homes from Lightning

What better time than National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 18 – 24, 2017) to highlight some key statistics about lightning and how to protect homes, especially those with complex technology, against lightning’s harmful effects.

• Lightning strikes 25 million times per year in the U.S.1
• The temperature of lightning is hotter than the sun!2
• Lightning causes approximately 22,600 fires resulting in $451,000 million in property damage per year – of those 19% were residential fires3
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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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Participating in the Sharing Economy? Don’t Overlook Potential Exposures

Seventy-two percent of Americans have used some type of shared or on-demand online service. As more individuals opt into the sharing economy—especially short-term vacation rentals—it is increasingly important you don’t overlook potential exposures. Imagine the situation where you decide to … Continue reading

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Home Projects and Hospital Visits

According to the Home Safety Council, “an estimated 43 million homeowners attempted some 57 million home improvement projects in 2011, but about one in five were expected to sustain some kind of injury.”

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Going Away Smarts

Excited about your upcoming vacation? Just don’t excite potential burglars who are equally anxious for your departure! Experts agree that by taking a few simple precautions you can help reduce the threat of home break-ins.

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Winter’s Almost Over: Call an Arborist

After you shovel the last snowfall of the season (We hope!) off your walkway, schedule an appointment with a tree expert to assess the health of your trees. Your trees may have survived a steady stream of winter storms, but they also may have been weakened and could pose a threat when the next storm hits.

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