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fire: 10 Do or Don't Items of Fire Safety Including Fireplace and Chimney - 12/27/17 05:44 AM

Each year I hear about multiple house fires at the start of winter. Almost all could have been avoided if the residents took the time to do a few safety checks and/or used common sense. Two recent fires that destroyed homes were due to improper disposal of smoking materials and fireplace/woodstove ashes.
 If you have a standard fireplace as shown in above photo, you can do some quick checks before using it each year. Most fireplaces have all the basics components. A foundation, hearth, firebox, smoke shelf, throat, outside air intake, flues, shell, profile, damper, clean out, ash dump, chimney, rake, flashing, … (7 comments)

fire: 58 Fire Deaths JAN 1 - JAN 10th 2017. Test Smoke Alarms - 01/10/17 10:21 AM
According to the United States Fire Administration, 58 civilian home fire fatalities were reported by U.S. news media between Jan. 1, and Jan. 10, 2017, Test your smoke alarm today!
 It's safe to say that many of these fires and deaths could have been avoided. Some were caused by improperly disposing of fireplace and wood stove ashes. At least one was caused by smoking in bed.
Homeowners should plan on doing the following to avoid house fires and injuries and deaths associated with house fires.
(1) Test all smoke alarms, and make sure you have enough smoke alarms for the amount of rooms that … (0 comments)

fire: Fire Prevention Week is October 9 - 15 - 10/11/16 11:40 PM
 Fire Prevention Week involves more than just checking the batteries in your smoke alarms, but smoke alarms should be near the top of your list. Here are some other things that should be checked.
(1) Smoke Alarms - If they are 10 years old, replace the smoke alarms. If less than 10 years old, test them and change batteries. Check the Date of Manufacture, not Date of Install to determine age. Also make sure that you have enough throughout the house on all levels. Place them inside every bedroom and outside of every sleeping area. Check with your Local Fire dept if … (4 comments)

fire: Fire Safety For Homeowners and Tenants - 07/14/14 01:38 AM

 Well, it happened again. Five townhouses were destroyed in Brunswick MD which is located in Frederick county MD just across the river from Lovettsville VA. It is suspected that the fire started from a grill on a back deck. Five families displaced and lost most or all of their belongings. I know many HOA's and even counties have enacted guidelines that require people to place their grills out on the lawn away from the house. Even if there were't regulations, the practice of operating grills on decks near the house is careless and irresponible. One careless person can destroy the lives … (10 comments)

fire: $50.00 Crack Does $500,000.00 in Damage - Don't Skimp on Inspections - 02/06/14 08:33 PM
This home wasn't for sale, but I'm using it for an example. This was a recent house fire in Lovettsville VA. House was mostly destroyed along with owners belongings. Cause of fire was reported to be a crack in the thimble. A thimble is a round flu liner that usually connects to the flus that are inside of most chimneys. Many people hook wood stoves, pellet stoves, etc up to them. This is just another example of the importance of a thorough home inspection, and the importance of having your chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Maybe no one … (39 comments)

fire: Agent Showing Home Smells Smoke and Calls Fire Dept - 12/24/13 07:51 AM
 Smart reaction by agent might have saved this home from being destroyed. Many lessons for homeowners can be learned from this story. Starting from beginning, I would say calling a chimney sweep every year or 2 depending on how often you burn wood is a good idea. Also, be careful what kind of wood you burn in your fireplace. When you buy firewood, ask for seasoned hardwoods like oaks and locust. Some maple, cherry, etc  is ok as well, but avoid damp and green wood. That is usually what causes creosote build up in your chimney and firebox. If you see … (40 comments)

fire: Fireplaces, Fireboxes, Firewood, Fire Alarms, Fires, and Firetrucks - 11/24/13 12:57 AM
Well, winter has arrived in many places including here in Lovettsville VA. Seems like every year there is an outbreak of house fires around this time. A recent nearby fire was nothing more than smoke and small fire in a garage that did less than $1000.00 damage. Owner reportedly was careless when removing coals from his woodstove, then placed them in a metal coal bucket in garage. Well, coals can crack and pop out onto nearby cardboard which is what happened here. Doesn't sound like much, but when you add up the responses from local FD's, it's actually quite annoying that … (17 comments)

fire: Dallas TX Condo Fire - Rental Insurance - Tragedy - 05/19/13 10:29 PM
First, this is a tragedy all around, especially if death of residents and firefighter is confirmed.
But, this is a consideration you have to make when considering buying a condo. A fire in one unit can destroy several units, and several families could lose everything they own. Cars in lot could also be destoyed. If you're renting a condo, and you didn't get renters insurance, what would you do if you arrived home to see this? These condos were built in 1980, so you would expect them to have proper fire protection, but maybe not sprinkler systems. Hopefully everyone got out … (0 comments)

fire: Weather Changes Fast- Are You and Your Home Ready For Winter? - 10/24/12 09:47 PM
With Hurricaine Sandy heading for the East coast, bringing 60+ MPH winds and 3 + days of heavy rain with it, it will be a sudden notice for many that they aren't ready for winter. One of the things homeowners always seem to put off until it's too late is buying seasoned firewood, and having their chimneys cleaned and inspected. I saw a chimney sweep at one of my neighbors ( Earl) yesterday. Earl burns a lot of wood every winter, and he is elderly and all country, so he knows what a malfunctioning chimney can do. Earl is also a … (21 comments)

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