Reduce Your Wildfire Risk: Create Defensible Space

As many as 90% of wildfires are caused by humans – leaving campfires unattended, discarding cigarettes carelessly or other negligent acts. Safeguard your home from wildfires by firescaping your property. Learn what precautions to take within each of the three … Continued

School Fire Safety: Prevention Begins with Education

Now that we’ve covered fire safety tips for the home and workplace, it’s time to move on to our schools. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to approximately 5,690 fires at education buildings each year. Preparation … Continued

Workplace Fire Safety: Everyone Has a Job

Welcome to the second edition of our Fire Prevention Week 2014 series. Now that we’ve established fire safety tips for your home, let’s focus on the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, over 5,000 people are injured … Continued

Home Fire Safety: One Room at a Time

We’re kicking off our Fire Prevention Week 2014 series with tips on how to protect your home and what’s in it. Think of each room as a separate entity with its own set of rules. Begin in the bedroom The … Continued

The Benefits of a Fortified Home

The safety of a home largely depends on the materials it is made of — high-quality materials can help protect you and your loved ones from whatever weather comes your way. The FORTIFIED Home program, recently launched by the Insurance … Continued

How to Prepare Your Home or Business for Wildfire Season

You don’t have to live near a canyon or forest for your property to be threatened by wildfire. Nearly 1/3 of U.S. homes are in wildfire-prone areas, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).

The impact of a wildfire can be tragic and expensive. For instance, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior spend a staggering $3.5 billion a year combating the fires.

Key to lessening the damage to homes and businesses is knowledge and preparation.

How to Prepare your Home for Storms

Strong winds from hurricanes and tornadoes can seriously damage the structural integrity of your home. Roofing, garages, doors and windows are all susceptible. Homeowners can expect to pay several thousands of dollars to replace a standard roof. That’s a major expense, especially in these challenging economic times. Beyond your home, your car may also be vulnerable to wind damage.

There are preventative measures you can take to protect your home from wind damage before a storm or hurricane hits. Follow our home storm preparation checklist below to protect yourself and your family and avoid costly damages.