Reduce Your Wildfire Risk: Create Defensible Space

As many as 90% of wildfires are caused by humans – leaving campfires unattended, discarding cigarettes carelessly or other negligent acts. Safeguard your home from wildfires by firescaping your property. Learn what precautions to take within each of the three … Continued

School Fire Safety: Prevention Begins with Education

Now that we’ve covered fire safety tips for the home and workplace, it’s time to move on to our schools. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to approximately 5,690 fires at education buildings each year. Preparation … Continued

Workplace Fire Safety: Everyone Has a Job

Welcome to the second edition of our Fire Prevention Week 2014 series. Now that we’ve established fire safety tips for your home, let’s focus on the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, over 5,000 people are injured … Continued

Home Fire Safety: One Room at a Time

We’re kicking off our Fire Prevention Week 2014 series with tips on how to protect your home and what’s in it. Think of each room as a separate entity with its own set of rules. Begin in the bedroom The … Continued

The Benefits of a Fortified Home

The safety of a home largely depends on the materials it is made of — high-quality materials can help protect you and your loved ones from whatever weather comes your way. The FORTIFIED Home program, recently launched by the Insurance … Continued

Preparing for a Hurricane: Do’s and Don’ts

It’s summertime and the living is easy – unless you are busy worrying about bad weather. Summer marks the beginning of hurricane season, which lasts from June to November and can cause significant damage in states all along the U.S. … Continued

How to Prepare Your Home or Business for Wildfire Season

You don’t have to live near a canyon or forest for your property to be threatened by wildfire. Nearly 1/3 of U.S. homes are in wildfire-prone areas, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).

The impact of a wildfire can be tragic and expensive. For instance, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior spend a staggering $3.5 billion a year combating the fires.

Key to lessening the damage to homes and businesses is knowledge and preparation.

How to Prepare your Home for Storms

Strong winds from hurricanes and tornadoes can seriously damage the structural integrity of your home. Roofing, garages, doors and windows are all susceptible. Homeowners can expect to pay several thousands of dollars to replace a standard roof. That’s a major expense, especially in these challenging economic times. Beyond your home, your car may also be vulnerable to wind damage.

There are preventative measures you can take to protect your home from wind damage before a storm or hurricane hits. Follow our home storm preparation checklist below to protect yourself and your family and avoid costly damages.

Tornado Preparation Tips for your Home and Car

While many people think tornadoes impact only the Midwest, every state in the country is vulnerable to tornadoes, according to NOAA. Approximately 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. each year, causing an average of $24,000 in home damage and $4,000 in auto damage. Our claims department reviewed data related to tornadoes from 2008 and 2012 and found that other than a direct hit, the majority of tornado damage to homes and cars occurs from falling tree debris or fallen trees.

Since this week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, it’s the perfect time to learn about the ways you can prep your car and home.

Protect Your Home and Possibly Save Money

Whether by wind, rain, snow or ice, nature can pack a devastating punch. The resulting numbers are staggering: As of July 2013, the average paid insurance claim for losses for Superstorm Sandy was $54,200, according to the Insurance Information Institute.¹ … Continued

Hurricane Preparedness Tips [Infographic]

Storm season’s just around the corner, and that means an increased chance of hurricanes heading up the coast. Don’t get caught off guard–following a few simple hurricane preparation tips from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Nationwide can help protect your home from high-speed winds, hail, driven rain and flying debris.

Record-Breaking Tornadoes in U.S. History

Hollywood tornadoes may whisk you away to the magical land of Oz, but real life twisters can destroy an entire neighborhood in minutes.

Here are some of the largest, fastest and most destructive tornadoes in United States history.

Protect Your Property After a Storm

Try these tips to secure your home if you find yourself with storm damage. Take it from Dorothy. If a tornado or other major storm strikes, the first thing on your mind should be the safety of your loved ones. … Continued