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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

Help Homeowners Prevent Water-Related Property Damage

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on July 16, 2019

Sometimes, a small investment in home maintenance can prevent thousands of dollars in damage if something breaks. And, as insurers know, something will eventually break. 

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Topics: Home safety, insurance, insurance agents, home owners insurance

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

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

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