Holiday Safety Tips

Though the winter holidays may bring freezing temperatures, it is also a time  for creating wonderful memories. As we anticipate the joy of family festivities, we should also remember to take preventive measures to keep the holidays safe and happy. We always urge you to practice sound judgment when considering these tips, and to seek the advice of a professional when needed. Around the Home s … [Read more...]

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is the holiday that brings people together with the family dinner being the highlight of the day. The United States Fire Administration estimates more than 2,000 residential fires are reported each Thanksgiving, with cooking (69%) the leading cause. Use these tips to help keep your holiday safe! When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your … [Read more...]

12 Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just around the corner. Even though it’s a fun holiday with costumes and candy, there are some special considerations you should make with regard to decorations, costumes, props and more.   Here are some simple tips to help you protect your property, you and your trick-or-treaters from Halloween hazards. Take care, when using electronic props, not to overload your … [Read more...]

Water Damage? Beware of Mold. 10 Tips.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of water – a refreshing drink, a way to stay cool, something that keeps your garden healthy? While water is all of those things, it can also cause damage and health issues (mold), and all in a short period of time. One of the keys to preventing damage and mold from water is to act quickly. As always, use your best judgment in considering … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Get Ready For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season begins in June. Many of the counties located in the coastal states maintain Offices of Emergency Management that are responsible for developing plans for being prepared, reducing damage and recovering from the effects of a storm. A major part of the preparedness plans requires that these departments create community awareness of the key principles of a sound process. A sound … [Read more...]

What Causes Appliance Related Water Damage?

  Appliances can sprout leaks because of aging materials, improper connections or ruptured hoses. Whether a slow drip or a sudden burst, leaking water can cause significant damage. While water leaks can happen anywhere in your home, they occur most frequently in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry rooms. Water damage from appliances can be prevented by conducting routine maintenance of … [Read more...]

How To Protect Your Home While You’re On Vacation

15 Important Tips To Protect Your Home While You’re Away on Vacation Many families plan their vacations around the summer school break. If your vacation will take you away from your home for more than a long weekend, please consider these tips. 1. The key to protecting your home from burglars is to make it appear as if you’ve never left. • Either stop your mail and newspaper or make … [Read more...]

10 Electrical Fire Safety Tips

    U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords. Avoid running extension cords across … [Read more...]

Spring Electrical Fire Safety Tips

Spring is the time when we are drawn outdoors to get our property ready for the summer season. There are a few electrical safety tips that can help prevent accidents and fires. Down Power Lines Downed power lines always represent potential danger. Do not go anywhere near a downed power line. Always assume they are active. Call 911 if you feel there is immediate danger. For more … [Read more...]

Frozen Pipes – Prevention and Thawing Tips with Resources

Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Most of us are becoming familiar with the term “Polar Vortex”. Before you dismiss this term as irrelevant for those of us who live in Richmond Virginia, consider this weather update from New Orleans   Cold harsh weather has an impact on all of us, especially those who are not prepared for the affects of severe cold temperatures. Did you know that frozen … [Read more...]