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Summer Grilling & Fire Safety Reminders

With Memorial Day behind us, the summer season is unofficially here and so too are barbecues, campfires, cookouts, graduation parties, and other celebrations! Before you light up the grill or campfire, there are several important precautions that should be taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience this season. June and July are the peak months known for fire-related incidents when it comes to grilling. In 2014, 16,600 patients were admitted to emergency rooms due to injuries caused from
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When is it Time to Replace Your Smoke Detectors?

In our work, we have seen countless fires cause significant damage that was entirely preventable. To take the first step in preventing fire damage in your home, follow this simple guide to ensure your smoke detectors are working correctly and are replaced when need be.   How will I know if my smoke alarm is working correctly? Most smoke alarms are simply designed to do their job and let you know when they cannot do so. Because there are several brands
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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

This time of year, one of the biggest threats to the condition of your house is running all through your walls. In times of extreme cold, your water pipes can freeze, expand, and leak. Tens of thousands of dollars in damage can be done if you aren’t careful and take preemptive measures. Here are some steps you can take to prevent freezing water pipes: Insulation Most hardware stores have long, foam tubing with a single “slit” down one side so
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Start off 2017 Right with a Safe New Year’s Celebration

2017 is in sight. No matter how you plan to ring in the New Year there are essential safety measures which you should take. We at 24 Fire have some basic safety tips to make the most of your holiday season. If you decide to keep your Christmas tree up, don’t forget to maintain it. Check the water level daily and replenish as needed. A dry Christmas tree is a huge fire hazard and should also be properly disposed of.
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Keeping a Safe Kitchen

With open flames and sharp utensils, the kitchen can be the most hazardous place in your home. No matter how hard you channel your inner Emeril Lagasse, something can still go wrong. Here are some tips to keep only cooking flames in your kitchen: 1.) Clean as you go – Clean what you use as you work and keep your cooking area clean and clear. Keep potholders, towels, wooden utensils, food packaging, and curtains away from any type of heating
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Holiday Lights: What NOT to Do

As the holiday season kicks into full gear, the decorations go up. For the next six weeks (or longer for some folks), our homes will be filled with tinsel, candles, and in some cases, various kinds of natural and synthetic trees. Of course, there will also be hundreds, maybe thousands, of indoor and outdoor lights. Here are a few tips to ensure you take the necessary steps to prevent fires in your home this holiday season: Outdoor lights stay outside,
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Hybrid Vehicles — They Save Money, Energy, and Gas. What About Your Life?

Hybrid cars, while using exceptional technology, can pose dangers when in an accident. The traditional rescue methods of extraction and recovery don’t always work when dealing with Hybrids, due to the high voltage cables that run through the vehicle’s frame. When it comes to rescue methods such as the Jaws of Life, you can’t approach hybrids the same way you would a car with a standard combustion engine. Cutting through live high voltage cables could quickly turn an emergency rescue
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The Truth Behind Fire Restoration

The unthinkable has happened—you and your family had to flee your house after it caught fire. Thanks to the quick actions of the Fire Department, the home isn’t a total loss, but there is damage. Once everyone’s safety has been established, it’s time to contact your insurance company to start the process of mitigating the damage and restoring your home to what it once was. At 24Fire, we are experts at restoring homes to their previous state. Here are a
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Hidden Fire Hazards in the Home

While many people recognize that smoking in bed or hanging drapes near a stovetop are recipes for disaster, there are also the less commonly known, yet equally dangerous fire hazards. But what are these potential threats, and how can they be prevented? Outlets We’ve all been there: you have five things to plug in but only a single outlet that is across the room. The first instinct may be to grab an extension cord and double or even triple up
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Tips for Fire Recovery

When it comes to fires, most people have gone through a class or two in their life on fire prevention, whether it was in school as a child learning about Smokey the Bear, or in a public service training session at the local fire department.  In fact, this week is Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – October 15), and according to the National Fire Prevention Agency, there were 1,345,500 fires in the United States last year. However, while most of
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Transitioning from AC to Heat

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome the cool days of fall, we transition our homes from air conditioning to heat. With that transition comes an increased risk of home fires. Both portable and stationary space heaters account for 40 percent of home heating fires and 4 out of 5 home heating fire fatalities. Additionally, another 30 percent of all home heating fires are due to poor maintenance and failure to professionally clean furnaces and chimneys. Poor maintenance can
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Did You Know That June & July Are Peak Months For Grilling Fires & Injuries?

Grills were involved in an annual average of 8,300 home fires in a recent stud according to a 2012 NFPA report on cooking fires. More than half (56 percent) of home structure grill fires started on a courtyard, terrace, patio, exterior balcony or open porch, and only 6 percent started in the kitchen. Some other grilling safety tips from the NFPA are: Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. Keep children and pets at least three feet
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