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Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...

Home Safety

Lightning strikes are fairly common across the country.  Thunderstorms present major safety hazards and can damage property.  The cloud-to-ground lightning strikes at the center of these thunderstorms can be very dangerous whether you are indoors or out.  But there are several things you can...

Bathroom Faucets

Winterizing your vacation home is an important step to make sure that it stays cozy and secure as outdoor temperatures dip. Failing to winterize your home can result in problems like water leaks, bursting pipes, structural damage and invading pests or rodents. 

Here's how to winterize your home...

Electric Wiring

Potentially leading to death, injury and damage, electrical fires pose a huge danger to families and their homes, and many are caused by a hazardous condition called an arc fault.

Some 47,700 home structure fires reported in 2011 involved some type of electrical failure as a factor,...

Home Security

Do you live in a tornado-prone area?  The safest place to seek shelter from the storm is in a “safe room” right in your own home. 

The average tornado victim has less than 60 seconds’ warning that a tornado is going to strike their home.  Unfortunately, when most people hear that urgent...

Universal Design

Although significant progress has been made in the United States in reducing the number of deaths caused by accidental fires in the home, these incidents still kill more than 3,000 individuals each year.  Better education about the dangers of fire and wider use of smoke alarms are generally...