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4 Guidelines for a Fire-Safe Fourth of July

Posted on June 28, 2018 by James Florence

Fourth of July fireworks may be fun, but they’re also undeniably dangerous. Reduce the risk at this year’s celebration by following these safety guidelines: Read more

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Where Are Your Fire Extinguishers? Do You Know How to Use One?

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Chris Bjorklund

I started thinking about my preparedness a lot last fall when fires were raging in Northern California. One day, I came across an article in Consumer Reports magazine that made six key points about fire extinguishers:

1. Make sure you know where yours are.
2. Make sure they’re not coated in dust.
3. Put them on every level of your house.
4. Keep small extinguishers in your car and kitchen.
5. Keep a multipurpose extinguisher in your garage.
6. Make sure the arrows on the indicators point to green, which means they’ll work when the pins are pulled. Read more

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My Go Bag

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Joy Lanzaro

One woman’s thoughts on what to pack in an emergency

by Joy Lanzaro, Director, Mediation and Compliance

Few of us have ever witnessed fire damage to residential and commercial structures like we’ve seen in the North Bay over the past few days. Many of us are experiencing a combination of emotions as a result, and anxiety is running high. One way to be prepared and manage anxiety is to put together a “Go Bag” just in case you need to quickly evacuate. My Go Bag is tiny because I’m single—one dog, no kids. Nearly all of my financial and insurance business is transacted online, so that eliminates some documentation. Read more

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Creating a Fire-Safe Defensible Space

Posted on September 08, 2017 by James Florence

One of the most critical aspects of fire safety is creating a “defensible space” around your home: a 100-foot radius of property that’s specifically maintained to minimize fire risks. However, defensible space is often misunderstood—a lot of people think it merely consists of clearcutting all trees, shrubs and bushes within 100 feet of their homes, but this oversimplifies the matter. In reality, creating a defensible space involves a specific strategy. Read more

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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher | Infographic

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Jennifer Chan

Remember P.A.S.S when you need to use a fire extinguisher

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Read more

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Fire-Safe 2017: Defending Your Home Against Wildfires

Posted on July 03, 2017 by James Florence

This year’s ample rain brought relief from the longstanding drought, but its deferred aftereffects have many California residents feeling an opposite sentiment. Following a profusion of spring growth, the onset of summer heat has transformed the landscape’s verdant splendor into a dry tinder, setting the stage for what fire authorities predict to be a harsh wildfire season. So far, this forecast appears to be accurate: According to a recent CNBC report, as of June 24, the amount of California acreage burned by wildfires is up threefold compared to this time in 2016. Read more

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How to Select a Fire Extinguisher for Your Home

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Jennifer Chan

how to choose a fire extinguisher

  • Pick a fire extinguisher classified as A:B:C to fight three kinds of fire (combustible, flammable liquids and electrical).
  • Select the largest fire extinguisher that you and your family members can comfortably operate.
  • Stock at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home.

For more details on selecting and using a fire extinguisher, check out this article from This Old House.

For fire extinguisher ratings, read about fire extinguishers at Consumer Reports. Read more

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