Learn the facts about home fire sprinklers

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In 2013, more than 300,000 residential fires caused 2,500 deaths and cost $6.8 billion in losses in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). But NFPA research shows that installing a sprinkler system could save lives and reduce the damage done to a house by 70 percent.


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Fire danger in the construction zone

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Fires are a significant hazard on construction sites. A November 2014 National Fire Protection Association report found that between 2007 and 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 5,120 structure fires in residential properties that were either under construction or undergoing major renovation.


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Consumer alert: Check your circuit breaker

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Millions of Americans may be in danger from defective electrical equipment in their homes, yet may not be aware of the risk. If you reside in a home with electrical circuit breakers and panels installed in the mid-1950s through the early 1980s, have your equipment inspected and replaced, if necessary.


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Licensed, bonded, insured: What it means to you

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[Note: This blog post has been edited.] You have decided to build or remodel your home or business. This is a big step, both financially and emotionally. Choosing the right contractor to complete this project is also a big decision. Hiring the wrong contractor can lead to cost overruns, delays, substandard work and sometimes even litigation over disputes regarding the timing, quality or cost of the project. While it’s tempting to choose a contractor based solely on an online portfolio of completed work or customer testimonials, don’t overlook the importance[…..]


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