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Tips for selecting a home fire extinguisher

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week. According to the National Archives and Records Administrations Library Information Center, this is the longest running public health observance in history. This year’s observance is Sunday, October 8 through Saturday, October 14.

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An unknown fire hazard could be lurking in your electrical panel

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 2, 2017 10:06:28 AM

The electrical load on a household has significantly increased in the last 50 years. Today most people have at least one computer, several televisions, gaming systems, cell phones … all requiring electricity. According to the US Census Bureau, more than half the homes in the US were constructed before 1970, before many of these modern conveniences were invented. Amy Justman, personal lines senior underwriter, will explain if your house is at risk.

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Dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire. Do you have one?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 21, 2017 8:34:06 AM

There are millions of dehumidifiers in homes across the country. A dehumidifier takes the moisture out of the air and keeps our homes dry. They work extremely hard in spring and summer.

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Five common appliances that cause house fires

Posted by Scott Stueber on Feb 28, 2017 8:51:53 AM

Our homes today are filled with electronics and appliances that make our lives easier and provide us with entertainment. DVD players, big screen TVs, video game systems, and cable/satellite TV boxes overload our electrical outlets and fill up our entertainment centers.

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Eight essential tips to protect your home and pet from a fire

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 25, 2016 10:30:19 AM

When the kids go back to school and the leaves start changing colors, we start seeing news reports about fire safety. We see firefighters visiting homes and replacing batteries in smoke detectors or installing new ones. We hear radio commercials about getting your furnace inspected. Yes, the change in season brings about all kinds of things that we must consider to make our homes safe for the arrival of winter.

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A faulty dehumidifier could burn your house down

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There’s been a lot of information on the news recently about auto recalls that involve faulty ignition switches and airbags. Even with all that coverage, many people are still unaware if the recall affects them. Others chose to ignore these recalls because they think nothing will happen to them or it’s too inconvenient to schedule the service call.

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Why are your clothes taking so long to dry?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jun 14, 2016 11:17:49 AM

Our friends recently purchased a new home. For those who’ve gone through the process, you know how time consuming and stressful it can be. You have to:

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Prevent house fires. Tips for storing and disposing of oily stain rags

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you’re building a new home, remodeling your existing home, or you recently built a new deck, you may be staining the new woodwork yourself. While it saves money, it can be a bit scary and dangerous.

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Four benefits of a furnace inspection

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

At this time of year, there are many things on the “To Do List” to get ready for winter weather. Raking leaves, cleaning gutters, disconnecting hoses, and making sure the snow blower starts are just a few. What about having your furnace inspected? Now is the perfect time to schedule your appointment.

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Fire pit safety tips

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jun 23, 2015 9:56:50 AM

Ahhh ... summer! Warmer days and cooler nights. At this time of the year, it’s fun to end the day by sitting around a campfire with relaxing conversation and delicious s’mores. Fire pits, however, can be dangerous. Theresa Meyer, West Bend senior personal lines underwriter, recommends keeping these safety tips in mind.

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