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Preserve the Summer Fun: Prevent Rooftop Deck Fires

Posted by Daryl Girnus on August 20, 2019

A warm summer’s evening spent enjoying the Seattle skyline, a grilled feast and the company of good friends. When residents move into apartment and condominium buildings with rooftop decks, that’s the scene playing in their minds. Most of the time, that’s also the reality, at least when the weather cooperates.  

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Topics: Home safety, Washington state, Home Fire Protection, Hazards

Smoke Alarms are Getting Smarter, Less Annoying

Posted by Robert Ferrell on August 13, 2019

It’s unfortunate but true: people get fed up with smoke alarms and disable them. Most often — 73% of the time1we simply want to stop nuisance alarms caused by burned food. If people forget to re-enable the alarm, though, they’re putting themselves and property at risk.  

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Topics: Home safety, Home Fire Protection

If Fire Strikes, Make Every Second Count: Part 3

Posted by Daryl Girnus on July 9, 2019

It’s easy to overlook fire hydrants — until a fire starts. Then hydrants become crucial. Without them, firefighters are less effective at saving your home or business.  Although firefighters carry water on their trucks, it may not be enough to put out a large fire.

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Topics: Home safety, Disaster preparedness, fire hydrants, fire departments, Home Fire Protection

Keep Your Independence Day Safe

Posted by Robert Ferrell on June 26, 2019

It’s nearly here: the Fourth of July. Time to celebrate freedom with friends, family, fireworks and food. It’s also time to remember that two of the best parts of Independence Day  grilling and fireworks — create fire risk. Let’s explore how you can protect yourself and those you care about so your holiday is fun and safe. 

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Topics: Home safety, Holidays, Home Fire Protection

If Fire Strikes, Make Every Second Count: Part 2

Posted by Daryl Girnus on June 18, 2019

No one wants to contemplate what it would be like to have their home catch on fire, but if yours does, you’ll want firefighters to extinguish the flames as quickly as possible. Fortunately, you can help firefighters respond swiftly. In fact, one of the biggest factors affecting firefighters’ speed in putting out a home fire is what you do long before a fire sparks. Taking a little time now could make a huge difference later, reducing property damage and possibly saving lives.  

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Topics: Home safety, Washington state, Disaster preparedness, fire departments, Home Fire Protection

Help Your Customers Protect Their Homes with Smart Devices

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on April 30, 2019

Insurers have a long history of giving customer discounts for installing devices in their homes that reduce risk, such as alarm systems and automatic water-shutoff valves. Today’s smart home technologies are evolving quickly and giving consumers new ways to protect their property and belongings. 

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Topics: Home safety, Washington state, insurance, Home Fire Protection, insurance agents, renters insurance, home owners insurance

Busting Myths about Wildfire Risk in Western Washington

Posted by Robert Ferrell on April 16, 2019

We usually think of Western Washington as wet or at least damp, putting it at low risk for wildfires. But a reputation for rainy weather is not, unfortunately, protection against wildfires. 

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Topics: Home safety, Washington state, wildfire, forest fires, fire departments, Home Fire Protection

The Hidden Firefighting Crisis

Posted by Daryl Girnus on March 20, 2019

We all take for granted that, if a fire strikes, firefighters will respond to protect our homes and businesses from devastation. What many people don’t realize is just how many of those firefighters are volunteers.  

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Topics: fire departments, Home Fire Protection, FEMA, public protection

WSRB & AAF: Putting Heat on Arson Prevention

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on August 14, 2018

It may not surprise you to learn that fire is one of the major causes of loss in the United States. But it may come as a shock to realize that many fires are started on purpose.

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Topics: fire protection classes, fire departments, Home Fire Protection

Embers, Wind and Fire: A Dangerous Mix

Posted by Robert Ferrell on August 7, 2018

If you live or own property in a community adjacent to a wildland area, you may realize you’re at a greater risk for wildfires. But even if you don’t, you still may have reason to be concerned. Just because a house is located outside of the designated Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) zone doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods, as far as wildfire is concerned.

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Topics: wildfire, forest fires, Home Fire Protection