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Five high-tech ways to reduce fire risk

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

House fires are something most homeowners live in fear of, but today’s technology can help you ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home. Here are five high-tech ways you can reduce fire risk.

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Keep your chimney in shape by having it inspected

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 2, 2018 9:22:50 AM

As the days get shorter, and the leaves start changing, you may be tempted to light a fire in your wood burning fireplace. While it’s enjoyable to sit and relax by a nice, warm fire, if you haven’t had your chimney inspected or cleaned this year, I would recommend holding off.

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Tips to prevent your home from starting on fire this winter

Posted by Scott Stueber on Feb 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Howling winds, drifting snow, and cold temperatures make it challenging at times to leave the comfort and warmth of our homes. Snuggling up by a warm fire, with a book or tablet and a cup of coffee is relaxing.

If you choose to use a fireplace or other supplemental methods to heat your home, please make sure you take the necessary precautions.

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire … including your garage

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 7, 2017 10:03:04 AM

Now that fall is officially here, it's time to prepare your home for the cold weather like putting on the storm doors, cleaning your gutters, and tuning up the furnace. And don’t forget your garage! Did you know most garage fires occur in January and February?

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Five tips for selecting, installing, and maintaining your furnace filter

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 24, 2017 9:45:58 AM

Shorter days, blowing leaves, and cooler temperatures are reminders that winter is coming. If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to get your “To Do” list completed. Raking leaves, painting house trim, and cleaning out flower beds are just a few of the tasks I have remaining.

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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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Is there an unknown fire hazard 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 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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