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NC Residents Advised to Evacuate

On Friday, North Carolina residents with homes near the Pender and Onslow county line have been advised to participate in a voluntary evacuation to avoid a spreading wildfire, which, as of Thursday, had burned about 20,000 acres. Fire officials said that the wildfire began over the weekend of June 18th, in the Holly Shelter Game […]

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Texas Wildfires Still Burning

From flooding to hailstorms to fire, it seems the central United States can’t catch a break this week. In today’s installment of Environmental Hazards and You, it’s the latter risk that is running rampant, this time in Texas. As is typical in a La Nina year, Texas had an extremely dry winter, and the spring […]

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Spring Fire Season Begins in Virginia

On Tuesday the State of Virginia enacted a ban on the outdoor burning of brush, officially marking the beginning of the spring fire season, which runs through April. According to state law, burning anything withing 300 feet of woodlands, fields, or any other possible fuel source is also prohibited. Violators face a fine of up […]

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New Jersey Charging for Fire/First-Aid Service?

While many private ambulance services ask local residents to pay an annual membership fee in order to defray costs of actually using an ambulance, some residents of New Jersey might soon have to pay if they need the fire department as well. According to Insurance Journal, the Salem, NJ city council has recently adopted an […]

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Chimney Safety Tips from CSIA

It’s December, which means that Jack Frost is probably nipping at your nose, as the song says. Even if you’re not actually roasting chestnuts over an open fire, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) wants to make sure that your fireplace is a heat source and not a safety hazard this winter. To that […]

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Deep Fried Insurance?

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving. Whether or not you plan to deep fry your turkey, you should know that more cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year, and that fire insurance claims from grease and cooking accidents more than double, compared to any other day in November, at least according to data […]

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Insurance Brief: Lloyd’s to Open Russian Office

Lloyd’s, the high-end insurance company known for covering things like the hands of concert pianists, announced recently that it has plans to open an office in Russia sometime in 2011. According to the bulletin it released, the corporate office at has determined that, “…a dedicated country manager will enable Lloyd’s to better understand and explore […]

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Friday Filmstrips: Light Your Pilot

With cooler weather comes the desire for the soothing crackle of a warm fire. If you have a gas insert in your fireplace, you may have turned the gas off for the summer. This video from and YouTube explains how to re-light the pilot for your gas fireplace. Remember to check your fire insurance […]

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11 Texas Cities Made Safer from Fires

Elderly and low income residents of eleven Texas cities (Amarillo, Edinburg, El Paso, Farmers Branch, Galveston, Glenn Heights, Longview, Mansfield, McKinney, New Braunfels, and Wichita Falls) will be receiving smoke alarms from their local firefighters, as part of this year’s “We’re Out to Alarm Texas” smoke alarm campaign. Now in it’s sixth year, the program […]

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