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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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Expert Interview: "Working smoke detectors save lives!"

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 21, 2014 12:10:00 PM

October is Fire Prevention Month. Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. One of the leading causes of death is from the inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. Smoke travels farther and faster than flames.

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How to protect your family from a dryer fire

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jul 15, 2014 9:03:00 AM

On Fox 6 News in Milwaukee, I recently watched coverage of a home that was destroyed by a fire caused by 15 years of lint build-up in the dryer. Not only should you clean your lint trap after each use, you should inspect your dryer’s motor, as well as the vent that runs outside every year.

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11 tips to help you survive the end of Daylight Savings Time

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 5, 2013 9:07:00 AM

Daylight Savings Time has ended and Old Man Winter is lurking around the corner. Time spent wandering around my yard, watering plants, and talking to neighbors is over.   Here are 11 tips you can follow to help survive the dark and cold days of winter, and to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Remember Daylight Savings Time returns Sunday, March 9, 2014.

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Prevent heating fires in your home

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 29, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Colder temperatures are here which means many of us will begin using our fireplaces. There’s nothing more relaxing than settling in front of a warm fire with a good book on a chilly fall night. Before you light your first fire for the season, however, you should have your fireplace inspected. A proper inspection will identify potential defects, as well creosote buildup.

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Grilling tips to keep you and your family safe

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 21, 2013 8:35:00 AM

Grilling out with family and friends is a Memorial Day weekend tradition. However, grilling can be dangerous if safety isn’t your top priority.

I’ve read numerous articles, and watched the video of Hannah Storm, ESPN Sports Center anchor, telling her story about the danger of re-igniting a gas grill if the flame goes out. The reason why this is dangerous is because of the gas buildup and the explosion that can occur.

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Hiring a chimney sweep can save time, money, and your home!

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 27, 2012 10:04:00 AM

I recently wrote a blog about the things you should know about wood burning fires. One of the tips was about the importance of chimney inspections. While some products can cut down on creosote buildup, proper inspections and cleanings are the best ways to protect your home and family from a devastating fire.

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Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives!

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 13, 2012 8:46:00 AM

Daylight savings time has ended and colder temperatures have arrived. Heating systems are running and we’re spending more time indoors. Now is the time to inspect or install two very important devices that should be in every home: smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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10 tips to help prevent candle fires in your home

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 23, 2012 8:26:00 AM

October is Fire Prevention Month. Each year, an average of 370,000 reported home fires result in $6.9 billion in damages. When you add candle fires to that total, it translates to an average of 42 calls a day for a typical fire department!

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A clean chimney can save your home and your family!

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 1, 2012 7:00:00 AM

As the temperatures drop and colder seasons approach, many of us enjoy sitting by a cozy fire with our family and friends. To me there’s nothing like a toasty fire on a snowy winter night.

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