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Disaster Proofing Your Home

Posted by Elise on March 31, 2014

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The federal government declared 86 major natural disasters in the first nine months of 2011, more than in any full year in the past. Ten of those disasters topped $1 billion in damage, and at least three—Hurricane Irene along the Atlantic coast up to Vermont…the Virginia-based earthquake…and wildfires as far north as Minnesota—remind us that disasters can strike homes that are not built to withstand them. There’s no way to make a house completely disaster-proof, but there are home-improvement projects that can significantly limit damage and/or improve the odds that a home will survive. Not all of these projects make financial sense for every home owner, but many provide considerable protection at a reasonable price.

Helpful: Insurers sometimes offer discounts to home owners who invest in home-protection upgrades. Read the rest of this entry »


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My House is on Fire!

Posted by Elise on December 15, 2010

What Would You Do If Your Home Caught Fire?


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Last Christmas wasn’t the safest of times for a local family. A fire started in the oven, probably ignited by food that spilled over onto the heating coils. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the fire was contained by keeping the oven door closed. But the smoke that poured from the oven spread ash throughout the house. Their insurance company sent in a cleaning crew that took almost three days to finish the job. The oven is not salvageable, and some furniture will have to be reupholstered.

This fire was relatively small. But Chief Steven Westermann, president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, says that the incident has lessons for us all…

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Motor Vehicle Fires

Posted by Elise on January 24, 2010

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What You Need to Know

A seldom recognized part of America’s Fire Problem is Motor Vehicle Fires Read the rest of this entry »

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But What About a Fire?

Posted by Elise on December 6, 2009

Copyright 2009 Preparedness Pro & Kellene Bishop.  All rights reserved.

First of all, there are a few facts that you should be aware of.  The U.S. has the highest number of fire deaths per capita than any other country.  Why?  Because Read the rest of this entry »

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Home Portable Fire Extinguishers

Posted by Elise on December 3, 2009

Extinguishers have Limits

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Used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or controlling it until the fire department arrives.

Portable extinguishers, intended for the home, are not designed to fight large or spreading fires. However, even against small fires, they are useful only under certain conditions: Read the rest of this entry »

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Wild Fires and Evacuation

Posted by Elise on October 23, 2009

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Number of Fires and Acres Burned in California:

Interval Fires  Acres
January 1, 2009 through September 26, 2009 7,198   54,109
January 1, 2008 through September 26, 2008 5,007 357,903
5 year average (same interval) 6,689 172,848
(All statistics are for CDF jurisdiction fires only and are subject to change until final fire season reports are completed and tabulated.)

Evacuations save lives and allow responding personnel to focus on the Read the rest of this entry »

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