Safety and Security

These Unsafe Behaviors Could Lead to an Electrical Fire

Few things are as frightening as the prospect of a house fire. Between 2012 and 2016, the U.S. saw an average of 355,400 home structure fires per year, resulting in an annual $6.5 billion in property damage and, more importantly, seven deaths each day. It will come as no surprise to learn that cooking, which obviously involves the use of a heating element, results in nearly half of home fires; however, 10% of house fires are caused by electrical problems, which can be harder to detect and prevent. In fact, although electrical fires accounted for only 10% of total fires from 2012-2016, the National Fire Protection Association reports that they resulted in an outsized proportion (19%) of fire deaths. Luckily, you can reduce your chances of having an electrical fire by avoiding a few dangerous, but common, behaviors.

Improving Indoor Air Quality Is a Growing Concern

As homes become more and more tightly sealed in the quest for better energy efficiency, there is also a growing need for better ventilation systems. Older homes allow more outside air to circulate through the house, increasing the load on the HVAC system but keeping air relatively "fresh" (of course, this depends entirely on the outside air quality); in contrast, newer homes have vastly improved their energy efficiency by sealing exterior air leaks at the cost of recirculating "stale" air. Luckily, there are already good solutions available to homeowners to help solve these ventilation issues.

These Tips Will Help You Stay Safe During the Holidays

The Christmas season is a time for cheer and merriment with all of your loved ones, but a fire or other disaster can quickly turn your holiday dreams into nightmares. Luckily, following some simple safety and security tips can help to greatly reduce your chances of ending the year on a bad note. Keep reading to learn about how you can stay safe during the holidays!