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Prevent Home Fires

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Children

  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.

More Prevention Tips

  • Never use stove range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
  • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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Staying Safe After a Storm

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Staying Safe After a Storm

  • Listen to the radio for advisories and other instructions.
  • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and avoid standing water or metal objects near downed wires.
  • Leave and do not enter buildings that have sustained structural damage.
  • Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.
  • Do not swim or wade in flood waters.
  • Check on neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.
  • Watch out for snakes or other wild animals.
  • Turn the gas off at the meter if you smell gas.
  • Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you must drive, watch for undermined roads and damaged bridges.
  • Do not attempt to drive through flooded streets or bridges.
  • Avoid using candles or other open flames indoors.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.
  • Test battery powered smoke and CO alarms.
  • Make sure your sewer system is working before flushing toilets.
  • Keep pets indoors and use a leash when taking them outside.
  • Operate generators outdoors in the open away from windows and doors.
  • Don’t eat perishable food that has warmed to over 40° F.

https://todayshomeowner.com/dealing-with-storm-damage-to-your-home/

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Types of Weather Damage That May Be Covered

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Types of Weather Damage That May Be Covered

The most common types of weather-related damage include:

Although not all damage is covered by standard homeowners' insurance, most of the above items are, with flood damage being the major exception. Flood damage is not usually covered by most home insurance companies. However, you may be able to buy flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. You can find out more about national flood insurance on the FEMA website.

Damage that crosses boundary lines can raise questions about whose responsibility it is to cover repairs. If a toppled tree damages your home and your neighbor's, both you and your neighbor should contact your respective insurance companies. Your insurance providers will help determine responsibility and how to pay for repairs.

https://www.thebalance.com/weather-water-damage-home-insurance-coverage-3862186

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Learn about Fires

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Learn About Fires

  • Fire is FAST!In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT!Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK!Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY!Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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During a Fire

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

During a Fire

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.  Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.  If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.  Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth.  Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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After a Fire

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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How to protect your business from wind and hail damage

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

  1. Inspect your roof

Examine your building’s roof for damage after storms, or annually in regions that are less prone to storms. Replace any worn materials or other weak areas to ensure that leaks don’t occur during future storms. Check flashing (a type of sheet metal used for waterproofing) and gutters, and clean out any debris that may be blocking drainage. Remove branches or leaves that may have accumulated during prior storms.

  1. Install impact-resistant windows

Impact-resistant glass has been specially treated to help prevent shattering and to provide an extra barrier to safeguard your building from severe weather. While it’s still possible for it to break, it’s less likely to shatter completely, offering better protection from flying glass and debris during a hurricane or hailstorm.

  1. Secure equipment and valuables

If you live in an area prone to strong winds or hail, keep an eye on the weather forecast so that you can protect your valuables before a storm hits. Ensure any high-value items are in a safe and secure area, stored up high and away from windows. Any outdoor equipment should be securely fastened so it’s not lost or turned into a projectile during a storm.

  1. Keep your employees safe

In the event of a storm, safety is of the utmost concern. Stay away from windows, and take shelter in the safest part of your property. If your building doesn’t have a designated storm shelter, have employees take shelter in an area devoid of windows, such as a lavatory or break room.

Prepare an emergency plan ahead of time and communicate it with employees, so they’ll know what to expect. Practice an emergency drill if possible, so that everyone will be prepared if weather conditions are threatening your safety.

https://www.insureon.com/blog/how-to-protect-your-business-from-wind-hail-damage

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Clear limbs and trim trees

During a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or even puncture a window. Heavy rain can also cause trees with shallow root systems to pull out of the ground.

Secure fences

Ensure that your fences are properly secured so to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds.

Secure furniture

Heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home. It’s a good idea to anchor outdoor furniture or bring it indoors before a storm hits. You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage.

Check Gutters

Help Prevent damage inside your house by having downspouts drain away from you home and clear your gutters of any debris.

 https://blog.nationwide.com/news/storm-preparation-tips-for-home/

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Its never too early to prepare

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

It's never too early to prepare your family and your home for severe weather.

The basics

  • Know the severe weather risks in your area.
  • Prepare a Storm Readiness Kit.
  • Sit down with your family and develop a planin case of severe weather.
  • Take pictures or videos of your house and valuables for insurance purposes.

Hurricanes

  • Prepare shutters or other coverings for doors and windows.
  • Reinforce the roof trusses—a cool-weather job.
  • Examine and repair roof shingles—do it while the weather’s cool or overcast.
  • Caulkopenings, flashings and soffits.
  • Reinforce the entry doorsand round up exterior covering as required.
  • Replace hard mulch with soft material.
  • Buy and install a backflow-prevention device in your sewer line.
  • Trim your trees and bushes.
  • Purchase supplies for your Storm Readiness Kit.
  • Purchase generator, gas cans, carbon monoxide detectors and extension cords.
  • Decide how to tie down large outdoor equipment, and purchase supplies.
  • Reinforce or replace your garage door.
  • Purchase supplies for cleanup and repair.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/prepare-your-home-for-a-storm-checklist/

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Prepare your home for Storms

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is known for its rapidly changing weather — and that can mean severe storms. Help get your home and family ready with these tips.

Stow your gear. When strong winds are forecast, secure patio furniture and other yard items or put them in your garage or a shed so they don't become dangerous projectiles.

Cover up. Close and secure storm shutters if your home has them. Keep blinds and shades drawn and tape or tack window coverings around the edges to help protect you from broken, flying glass. Tie thick blankets over vehicles that are exposed to the elements to diminish damage from hail.

If power outages are common in your area, prepare an emergency kit and keep it in a central location in your home.

Basic supplies should include:

  • Flashlight and fresh batteries
  • Battery or solar-powered weather radio and/or transistor radio
  • First aid supplies
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Three-day supply of canned or dried food and water

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/prepare-your-home-for-spring-storms

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