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    Car fires can occur — but with our useful tips, you’ll know how to prevent them and what to do if a fire occurs.

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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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  • 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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  • 6 Key Insurance Terms for Determining Value

    Knowing these terms helps to understand the process insurance agencies and relief organizations use to determine the value of your loss. Your tax accountant can also help you when claiming your losses. Valuation of Goods It is very difficult to measure your personal loss of goods. This is because many items have a sentimental value to […]

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  • 7 Points About Car Accidents to Discuss with Your Agent

    The more you know and understand about car insurance, accident coverage and your own policy, the better off you are. These “starter” questions will help you understand the types and extent of coverage. (Additional questions are covered in our 6 Points to Cover About Car Insurance article.) About Reporting an Accident Do I have to report an accident […]

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  • 4 Fast Facts About Fire

    The United States Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), believes that fire deaths can be reduced by teaching people the basic facts about fire. Below are some simple facts from the USFA. Fire is FAST! There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely […]

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  • 4 Things to Know About Fire and Fire Extinguishers

    Here are some helpful tips and suggestions about fires and the use of fire extinguishers. Need more? Talk to your local fire and police officials about safety training programs in your area. Remember – be safe and be smart. Know the Right Extinguisher to Buy  There are eight types of fire extinguishers: Water and foam — Class […]

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  • What Firefighters Do: 3 Key Responsibilities

    Fire fighting is no easy task. Here are some basics about these truly heroic people. Small towns or communities often have volunteer firefighters on an on-call basis, meaning they aren’t paid staff and may have other jobs in addition to fire fighting. Large metropolitan city or area usually have firefighters paid full-time wages. When you dial 9-1-1 and […]

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  • 3 Tips for Reporting Defective Consumer Products

    Vehicle or product not working right? Food items that seem “off” or might have been the cause of your or someone else’s illness? Here’s what to do! Start by contacting the appropriate agency (see links below). Each has a specific form and information required for reporting problems. Keep as much of the product packaging as possible, […]

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  • Create an Emergency Kit for Your Car

    The time to prepare for an emergency is before it occurs. An emergency kit in your car can be an invaluable aid in the case of a breakdown, bad weather or some other unplanned event. Make kits for all cars, not just the “everyday” car. Be sure the family knows where the kits are and that they […]

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  • 7 Tips for Good Car Maintenance

    Most car fires aren’t caused by accidents, but by bad car maintenance. According to the National Fire Protection Association, collisions or turnovers caused only three percent of vehicle fires. Leaks, breaks in parts, electrical or mechanical failure and even worn-out parts are the more common causes of car fires. Maintenance Tips Here are some maintenance […]

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