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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

Home, Sprinklered Home

Posted by Anthony Higgins on July 24, 2018

It’s the season for home improvement. But while you may be eyeing a new kitchen island or a soaking tub in the master bath, there’s one project that could make a big difference in your safety and peace of mind.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, Home safety, Home Fire Protection

Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit

Posted by WSRB on September 2, 2014

WSRB would like to encourage you to attend the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit on Thursday, Sept. 18th, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. This event is an excellent opportunity to get connected to the issues, the experts, the advocates, and the resources. CEUs are available.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, Home safety, loss cost, Building Construction, Home Fire Protection

E-cigarettes and the Risk of Fire

Posted by WSRB on August 19, 2014

The first time you saw someone walking down the street smoking a glass tube with an electric blue or red light on it, you were probably taken aback. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs) are surrounded by controversy, but whatever your opinions on cigarettes and smoking, they have revolutionized an industry. Initially, it seemed, from a fire safety standpoint, if people don’t have burning objects in their hands, much of the fire loss associated with smoking can’t happen. (An estimated 90% of forest fires are man-made, with discarded cigarettes being one of the major causes, and over 1,000 home fire deaths every year are attributed to cigarettes.) Are e-cigs any more fire-safe than the traditional cigarette, and what exactly are they?

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Topics: Home safety, Home Fire Protection, Hazards

A Fire Hazard in Your Neighbor's Garage?

Posted by WSRB on February 19, 2014

No, not their restored 1971 Ford Pinto sedan or their new liquefied petroleum gas-fired combination grill, roaster and deep-fat fryer.

I’m old enough to remember when Ford introduced the Pinto and gasoline was 26 cents a gallon.  During the “first” energy crisis in the 1970’s (when gas reached an astounding $1.50 a gallon, gasp!) many self-proclaimed inventors tried to find inexpensive alternative fuels.  Some of their efforts ended tragically when the inventors’ plans went wrong while experimenting with volatile fuels.

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Topics: Home safety, Home Fire Protection

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Posted by WSRB on November 19, 2012

As the weather gets cooler and we all hunker down for the fast approaching winter, it’s a good time to think seriously about carbon monoxide (CO) safety. Hundreds of people in the United States die every year from CO poisoning from the improper use or functioning of consumer products. Fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, wood stoves, portable generators, and automobiles can all pose a threat of CO poisoning if not property maintained and operated.

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Topics: Home safety, property risk inspections, insurance, Home Fire Protection