How to Use Space Heaters Safely

Select a Space Heater that Meets Your Needs

Space heaters make cold rooms more comfortable in the winter, but if misused, they can be a safety hazard. In fact, space heaters account for 86 percent of home heating fire deaths. Keep your home and family safe with these tips for buying and operating a space heater. Select a Space Heater that Meets Your Needs Portable radiators heat the… Continue reading

Be Aware of Fall Weather Hazards

Cleaning fall leaves in IL

Summer is drawing to a close, and the weather is starting to cool. You may be looking forward to cozy sweaters, football games, and pumpkin spice lattes, but there are also plenty of hazards to watch out for this fall. Follow these tips to safely navigate through the changing weather. Floodwater Fall is often a time for rainy weather, which… Continue reading

10 Kitchen Hazards that Create a Recipe for Disaster

Newly remodeled kitchen

You may think of the kitchen as a relaxing place for family and friends to gather. However, the heart of your home can also be more hazardous than you probably realize. Here are the 10 most common kitchen hazards and how to avoid them. No fire extinguisher: You hope you never need to use it, but having a fire extinguisher… Continue reading

Types of Mold and Where to Find Them

mold in bath, a duck toy, bathroom closeup

Mold is a vital part of natural decomposition. It breaks down dead plants and animals to make room for new life. This is perfectly acceptable outdoors, but you never want mold to grow inside your home. If left untreated, indoor mold can cause unpleasant odors, health issues and property damage. Learn more about different types of mold and where to… Continue reading

Common Causes of Home Water Damage

Common Causes of Home Water Damage

When you think of the ways water can damage a home, you might picture flash floods, storm surges and hurricanes. However, the most common causes of home water damage actually come from inside the house. While many sources of water damage are not nearly as dramatic as a catastrophic flood, they can still do plenty of harm. Learn more about… Continue reading

Preparing Your Home for Winter Hazards

Don’t Let a Winter Storm Catch You Off Guard

Winter is known for hazardous weather conditions that can cause extensive property damage. Heavy snow can collapse roofs. High winds can damage siding. Ice can accumulate in the gutters, causing ice dams and leaky shingles. Bitter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst. With so many winter hazards to watch out for, you would be wise to prepare your… Continue reading