Top 3 Causes of Home Fires and How to Stay Safe

As the temperatures drop outside, the potential for fires increase inside. An average of seven people die in U.S. home fires every day, according to statistics by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). In the NFPA’s most recent report on Home Structure Fires, general causes, including cooking and home heating, account for 84 percent of these incidents. While the numbers are alarming, knowing the causes leads the way toward preventing future fires from ever occurring. Stop fires from starting in your home by understanding the root of the problem and using the prevention tips provided to keep your structure safe. (more…)

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10 Home Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

In 2014 alone, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported nearly 1.3 millions fires in the United States. Those fires led to 3,275 deaths, 15,775 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. In mere seconds, a fire in the home can turn deadly, so it’s important to prevent them from happening before they ever start by knowing your home’s fire hazards.

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How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

A home fire can be a frightening ordeal, leaving a huge burden in its wake. The health and safety of those living in your home–adults, children, and pets–are top priority, followed next by the structural and operational integrity of your home. But once you’re given the OK from authorities to return to your residence, the recovery process may leave you faced with restoration issues you’ve never before experienced. (more…)

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Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home

Do You Know Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home?

If your home’s interior has water damage, it can be overwhelming to know what to do first. Your initial stress will likely come from the awareness that your basement is flooding, your ceiling is bulging, or your toilet is overflowing. Once that sinks in, further anxiety arrives as you try to play damage control and minimize any further destruction to your home.

After a deep breath and turning off the home’s electricity and water supply should a burst or leaking pipe be the possible culprit, it’s time to pick up the phone. But who do you call first? (more…)

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Holiday House Fire Hazards

Wintertime in Madison – a time filled with the joy of the holidays, hopes for snow days, and dread of just how long this winter might last. Fortunately, before we start getting sick of winter (if you’re like some of us at A&J Specialty Services – that never happens!!), we get to enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and the wonders they bring. But, holidays don’t come without their mishaps!

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Home Fire Escape Plan

Does your family have a Home Fire Escape Plan?

You say, “That would never happen to us” and although that might be true, every year in the United States, fires claim more lives that all other natural disasters combined. With that said, does your family have a Home Fire Escape Plan?

While someone else may forget to blow the candle out before climbing in bed, you certainly never would. But all it takes is one mistake, one forgetful evening, or even just a bizarre house malfunction for a flame to come to life, pouring smoke down the hallway.

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5 Fire Facts You NEED to Know

WARNING: THESE FIRE FACTS ARE VERY SAD AND SCARY – BUT TRUE

Normally we’d put an emphasis on Fire Safety in October BUT these facts are what you and your family needs to know EVERYDAY. Here are 5 Fire Facts you need to know and what you can do about them.

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Freezing temps burst pipes and wallets

Below-zero temperatures are in the forecast this week for the Madison, Wisconsin area. Needless to say, you’re likely reaching for those gloves and starting the car early before venturing out into the frigid Wisconsin winter.

26d4e3_d502a2bb40bb46c783f3c4e2a6ee47b6While it’s difficult to walk out of your cozy home, remember, your home also needs extra protection from the cold. That’s the message from insurance agents who are warning homeowners about the dangers of frozen pipes.

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Are your holiday celebrations at risk of catching fire?

You’ve never had a problem in the past. Why is everyone warning about the dangers that accompany the holidays? Because historically, the holidays are a time when fire departments and emergency rooms get an increase in calls due to accidents and fires.

No one expects to have a fire or an injury during the holidays and that’s exactly why it’s so important to be mindful of preventing it. Take a couple of minutes to read through these simple, safety tips that will make sure your holidays are fun and joy filled like they should be. (more…)

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420 people didn’t think it could happen to them either, but it did

Let’s be honest, we’re flooded with a barrage of messages online every day. 10 tips to success. 5 steps to being more 26d4e3_0a3dd12cdecf4ef2976b6cb6cae9f166organized. You have a problem, I can guarantee someone has written you a 3 step guide to overcoming it.

While it would be easy to tune out and not finish reading this blog post, I urge you to press on. It truly is a matter of life or death.

So what am I referring to? Household kitchen fires.

Ok, hang in there. I know you’re thinking, “Kitchen fires happen to people who are careless, it wouldn’t happen to me.” But that is where many great mistakes begin, in believing it could never happen to you. (more…)

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