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Virginia one of top states for strong residential building codes

Virginia one of top states for strong residential building codes
Virginia ranked second in The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety 2018 Rating the States report. This information assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast in strengthening their residential building codes.



Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances

Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances
When the weather turns cold, some farmers and homeowners spend time in unheated barns or workshops, and some rely on wood-burning stoves or space heaters to heat the buildings.



A measure of caution can help prevent kitchen fires

In a season when people spend extra time in the kitchen, it’s extra important to cook safely and know what to do in the event of a fire.



Get youself—and your home—prepared for summer storms

Get youself—and your home—prepared for summer storms
Hurricanes often make more headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety cautions homeowners to not underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms.



Now’s a good time to have chimneys, heating units inspected

Now’s a good time to have chimneys, heating units inspected
Fall is in the air. Before taking the chill off with your fireplace, remember to have your chimney cleaned and inspected.



Use caution when preparing holiday meals

Use caution when preparing holiday meals
Cooks spend more time in the kitchen during colder months and holidays, and it is important to remember to cook safely.



Winter months are leading home fire months

Cooking, heating, holiday decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months.



Heat meats properly to ensure a safe cookout

Memorial Day kicks off the official grilling season, so make sure you’re grilling safely.



Protect your home now against potential hurricanes

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1 and will run through Nov. 30. Because wind and rain from hurricanes or tropical storms can cause significant damage to personal property, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety encourages property owners to strengthen the critical elements of their buildings to protect them from hurricane damage.



Keep the sparkle, avoid the sparks with safe holiday lights!

Keep the sparkle, avoid the sparks with safe holiday lights!
Holiday lights add a festive touch to your home—inside and out! But before you start decorating, make sure you are “current” on how to decorate safely.



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