• 6 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

    Spring officially arrived on March 20, which means it’s now time for all those spring-cleaning chores to be completed. Add the following six tasks to your To-Do list, to help your home recover from any winter damage and keep it safe and secure for the upcoming season. Inside 1. Change your furnace filter. Chances are, […]

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    • Types of Fire Extinguishers

      There are many different types of fire extinguishers intended for various purposes. You wouldn’t want to use a 50-pound extinguisher designed for chemical fires in a lab to put out a small grease fire in your kitchen! Using the wrong type of fire extinguisher is not only dangerous, but can actually encourage the fire to spread. […]

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      • Cleaning Up Water, Smoke and Soot Damage

        If you’ve had a fire, you know that nothing is harder to clean than water, smoke and soot damage. Most people hire professionals to clean up, but in case you need to do some cleaning on your own, here are some water damage and soot cleanup tips from Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist from […]

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        • Partner and State Links

          Health / Life Be there for a friend or loved one in need – learn great tips at What Friends Do. Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has resources you can use, from food safety to field safety, from physical to psychological, and from government to community development. Here’s a general link to help you find a Better […]

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          • After a Home Fire – What to Do

            Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. Here’s what to know and do – and not do. WHN TIP – First Needs: If you need immediate assistance with shelter, food or other personal needs, consider contacting your local Red Cross chapter. Insured? Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible, preferably before meeting with fire […]

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            • Keeping Your Home Safe While You Travel

              Here are some smart “insider tips” from industry professionals and everyday travelers we interviewed that cover the preparation of your home while you are on vacation. The House: Main Rooms Have a friend, family member or trusted neighbor check on your house. Give the person your house keys and security codes (if necessary). WHN TIP […]

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              • Create a Fire Emergency Plan

                Plan Ahead Download our Fire Safety Items Checklist to make sure you have enough fire safety items to cover your entire home, especially where people sleep. Watch this video for tips and techniques for creating a successful escape plan from your home if it is on fire all while making practice fun! WHN TIP – Learn Ladder […]

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                • Returning Home After a Disaster: What Supplies to Bring

                  If you are returning home to clean or salvage items, here’s a list of suggested supplies and items to bring with you. WHN Expert TIP – Water Damage Clean-Up Tips: Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist from South Washington County in Minnesota, provides water damage cleanup advice in this podcast. Was the disaster fire-related? Greg also […]

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                  • What to Do in Case of a Car Fire

                    Fire While Driving WHN Expert Tip – Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy. In these two videos, Edina, MN Fire Marshall Tom Jenson explains the features and uses of four different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Be safe, be smart. Pull over and stop your car immediately. Turn off the ignition. Get yourself […]

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                    • Working With a Claims Adjuster

                      Once you have notified your insurance company of your loss, you will meet with a claims or field adjuster. Your insurance company provides the adjuster at no charge to you — it’s included in the cost of your insurance policy. A claims adjuster will: Investigate the circumstances of a loss Discuss it with you Provide an assessment […]

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