Learn the facts about home fire sprinklers


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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Add safety to your home fix-it list


You’re the weekend warrior: attacking your home improvement projects with gusto. You’re not alone. Millions of Americans attempt home fix-it projects for fun or to save money. Don’t cut corners where safety is concerned. Consider these three scenarios and decide: good idea or bad idea?

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A closer look at Underwriters Laboratories


When the scientists at Underwriters Laboratories test a safe for fire resistance, they fill it with paper and expose it to a 2,000-degree fire. The test doesn’t stop there. Next, they drop the safe two stories and see how well it holds up.

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Words to make a parent nervous: Teen driver


New teen driver. As both the father of a new driver and an underwriter, those words make me nervous. But some proactive discussion among the new driver, his or her parents and your local agent can make the teenage driving years a lot less stressful.

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