Jim Yeater

As a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Jim provides property and life safety technical support to our underwriting teams, agents and clients. The primary focus of his position is evaluating fire protection systems and special hazards and coaching our loss control professionals towards excellence. He is an accomplished loss control specialist with a proven track record in implementing sound loss control principles in many industries. Jim served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 25 years, served on the board of the local water authority and is active with local non-profit groups in the Vanlue, OH, area.

Fire safety and the older adult

It’s a sad, but true, statistic that older adults are more likely to die in a home fire than the general population. According to the U.S Fire Administration, adults 65 and older are 2.5 times more likely to die in a fire, and that number increases to 4.5 times more likely when they reach age 85. Although older adults represented 13 percent of our population, they suffered 36 percent of all fire deaths in 2011.

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Consumer alert: Check your circuit breaker

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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