How to Develop Your Family’s Fire Escape Plan

Smoke rising up to a smoke detector on the ceiling, stressing the importance of developing your family’s fire escape plan During a fire, there’s no room for hesitation. Some families may feel overconfident about their preparedness for such an event. When it comes to fire safety, many are only aware of the bare essentials, and many more don’t even have an escape plan. Despite the precautions you may take to ensure an accidental fire doesn’t break out, factors beyond your control can trigger a blaze. That’s why it’s so important to improve or develop your family’s fire escape plan so that every member is aware of their role. [Read more…]

Signs You’re Due for a Roof Replacement

Damp, broken shingles on roof in need of replacementWe don’t often think about the roofs over our heads. After all, when it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. But it’s wise not to wait until a roof collapse to determine if you’re due for a roof replacement. Roof leaks can cause costly damage to your home, and homeowners insurance will not always cover such damages. Therefore, it’s important to pay your roof the attention it deserves, and there are several signs you can look out for before tragedy befalls your family and your wallet. [Read more…]

Social Media & Beyond: Beware Sharing Your Holiday Plans

Travel woman using smartphone at airport.Social media was practically made for those great shots you’ll take during your holiday vacation, from visiting the family in the next state over to celebrating the dead of winter on a warm tropical beach. It’s really tempting to let friends, family, and online strangers know exactly where and what you’re up to when you’re on vacation. However, if you’re leaving your home for the holidays, you may be laying out the welcome mat for burglary by announcing your absence on social media. [Read more…]

Home Safety: Winter Power Outage

Residential Substation SilhouetteEverything is harder in winter, and this holds doubly true for interruptions in your power. This is why planning ahead and acting quickly within the first hours of the power outage can do a lot to keep you comfortable in such a miserable time. While some of these instructions hold true for any time of the year, most are geared towards dealing with the cold and the weather that causes it. Be ready to react to a winter power outage by keeping these ideas and mind, and making some small purchases just in case. [Read more…]

Can Improving Home Security Reduce Insurance Premiums?

House key on keychainPeace of mind. It’s something homeowners enjoy and cherish, being able to sit inside a warm house on a stormy night. However, this peace can be shattered by many events, from fires to floods. And while these examples mindlessly consume both home and its possessions, there are also more intelligent, targeted, and higher-occurring threats to your home in the form of residential burglaries. In 2015 there were 365,000 residential fires in the US. There were 8.6 million home burglaries over the same time in the United States. [Read more…]

Tips to Preventing and Removing Mold

Black mold in the corner of room wallDid you know that mold could be damaging to your health and home? Mold is a fungus that needs two key things to develop and grow: moisture and a source of food. Moisture can come from the apparent source, water but also can come from high air humidity, neglected roofs, broken air conditioners and drainage problems. Sources of food for the mold can be drywall, carpets, or even your own mattress.  Mold has simple requirements in order to survive and thrive. Preventing and removing mold is a simpler task than it sounds. [Read more…]