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Firewood 101: What You Need to Know

If you’re a fan of old-fashioned fireside comfort, firewood may be an important part of your home heating experience. However, firewood selection isn’t as “cut and dried” as it may seem, and care should be taken when selecting and handling the wood you burn in your home. The quality and safety of your fireside experience depends not only on the kind of wood you use,...

The Homeowner's Guide to Chimney Inspections

The fireplace often serves as a warm and inviting place for families to gather. However according to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2016 and 2020, fireplaces and chimneys were responsible for seven percent of residential fires in the United States. Despite accounting for only seven percent, chimney fires were responsible for more than $200 million in property damage.Figures like these underscore the need for...

Safety First! Knowing the Where and How of Fire Extinguishers.

  It also means knowing how to stop a fire once it starts. Teaching your family and work team the basics of fire fighting could reduce fire damage at home and your workplace. There are 3 common types of fires: ordinary combustibles, like paper, wood, and trash; flammable liquids, greases, or gases; and energized electrical equipment. Fire extinguishers are built to put out one or...

Have a Fire Escape Plan: Get Low and Go

It’s hard to think about your house and your things — your whole life — going up in flames. It can be even harder to talk about such a scary possibility with your children. But working out an escape plan that everyone can follow and understand can prevent a tragedy. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2013, there were nearly 2,800 deaths...

Electrical Issues Top the List of Fire Causes

In 2015, electrical issues claimed the top spot in the annual list of fire origins based on statistical data gathered by our partner Grinnell Mutual’s Special Investigations. Of the 654 new investigations in 2015, 39 percent of determined fires were electrical, with combustibles placed near heat sources coming in at 21 percent, and incendiaries at 18 percent. Other noted fire catalysts included natural causes (6 percent),...