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Be on fire for safety resolutions in 2019

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The beginning of the new year is a perfect time to test home smoke alarms, which can help save lives in the event of a household fire.  

Don't let a chimney fire cancel out savings on heat

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Wood-burning is a popular way to save money and effectively heat your home when the cost of fuel continues to increase. But with more people burning wood, the risks of home fires are expected to increase as well.

Is your home at risk of a house fire?

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The start of the winter heating season is an ideal time to assess potential fire risks in your own home.

Prepare your home for thunderstorms and lightning

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Hurricanes often make more headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center cautions homeowners not to underestimate the destructive force of thunderstorms.

Save when shopping for storm supplies

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With the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season under way, there’s no time like the present to take steps to protect your family and property against severe weather.

It’s never too early to start preparing for hurricanes

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017 were stark reminders of Mother Nature’s destructive force and the need for preventive action before a storm strikes.

Virginia one of top states for strong residential building codes

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Virginia ranked second in The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety 2018 Rating the States report. This information assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast in strengthening their residential building codes.

Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances

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When the weather turns cold, some farmers and homeowners spend time in unheated barns or workshops, and some rely on wood-burning stoves or space heaters to heat the buildings.

Use caution when preparing holiday meals

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Cooks spend more time in the kitchen during colder months and holidays, and it is important to remember to cook safely.

Now’s a good time to have chimneys, heating units inspected

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Fall is in the air. Before taking the chill off with your fireplace, remember to have your chimney cleaned and inspected.

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