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Be on fire for safety resolutions in 2019

Be on fire for safety resolutions in 2019
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

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

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.




It’s never too early to start preparing for hurricanes

It’s never too early to start preparing for hurricanes
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.



Save when shopping for storm supplies

Save when shopping for storm supplies
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.



Prepare your home for thunderstorms and lightning

Prepare your home for thunderstorms and lightning
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.



Is your home at risk of a house fire?

Is your home at risk of a house fire?
The start of the winter heating season is an ideal time to assess potential fire risks in your own home.



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

Now’s a good time to have chimneys, heating units inspected
Fall is in the air. Before taking the chill off with your fireplace, remember to have your chimney cleaned and inspected.



Use caution when preparing holiday meals

Use caution when preparing holiday meals
Cooks spend more time in the kitchen during colder months and holidays, and it is important to remember to cook safely.



Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances

Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances
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.



Virginia one of top states for strong residential building codes

Virginia one of top states for strong residential building codes
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.



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