Home Fire Escape Plans

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Wed, Mar 6, 2019

    Many people wrongly assume that they’ll have plenty of time to escape from their home if they notice fire. The reality is that the modern, synthetic materials that are commonly found in most homes mean that fires burn faster than ever. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a small flame can turn into an uncontrollable fire in less than 30 seconds.

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    Top 6 causes of Thanksgiving cooking fires

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Wed, Nov 21, 2018

    Preparing the annual American turkey dinner can send even the most experienced home cooks into panic mode, between the multiple trips to the grocery store to get just one more ingredient, the seemingly endless housekeeping that precipitates hosting guests, and the actual labor of preparing a meal that includes roasting the main course for hours.

    Many a home cook has shed tears over a Thanksgiving turkey that’s too dry, too salty or any number of other disappointing culinary outcomes.

    But imagine how much worse the holiday would be should that turkey dinner turn into an actual disaster.  Here are six last-minute reminders of the top ways that kitchen fires get started.

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    Cooking Safety - Know these basic rules of kitchen safety

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Thu, Nov 8, 2018

    Food is a great way to bring people together and putting a meal together is a daily occurrence for some. Many however, overlook the risk that comes with cooking. Most home fires occur while cooking in the kitchen, which makes cooking the leading cause of fire injuries.

    Awareness about potential fire hazards and taking simple precautions in the kitchen can go a long way. Each year, more than 2,500 people perish and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States. Direct property loss due to home fires is estimated at $7.3 billion annually, according to

    To avoid home fires that could lead to costly homeowners insurance claims or injuries, check out these cooking safety tips:

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    Tags: Fire Safety, Safety Tips, Fire Safety Tips, Thanksgiving Safety, Cooking Safety TIps, Cooking Safety, Cooking, Kitchen Safety, What are five safety rules of the kitchen, Safety in the Kitchen

    5 tips for staying safe while enjoying your summer barbeque

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

    Every year U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 10,000 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That’s a staggering number — not least because I didn’t know that hibachis still existed. On a serious note, these statistics should not be taken lightly as these fires result in an average of 10 civilian deaths each year, 160 reported injuries, and more than $13 million in direct property damage.

    Of the nearly 10,000 fires each year, 4,100 are structure fires and 5,500 are outside property / unclassified damage. Almost all of the $13 million in losses each year are from the structure fires. That’s an average of $31,000 and change per structure damaged — these aren’t little fires. Here are 5 tips to help keep your home and family safe while grilling.

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    What Every Homeowner Should Know About Fire Extinguishers

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, every 23 seconds a fire department responded to a fire in the US in 2015. Equipping your home with portable fire extinguishers can assist in minimizing fire damage from small, self-contained fires before much-needed help arrives.

    You may be unsure of which fire extinguishers are best for your home, where they should be located, or even how to use them. Let’s take a look at the different types of fire extinguishers and review some tips for buying, maintaining and using a fire extinguisher in your home.

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    Tags: Fire Safety, Homeowner's Insurance, Fire Extinguisher, Homeowner, Home Fire Extinguisher

    Home fire risk more than doubles on Thanksgiving Day

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

    Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen to prepare for this year's Thanksgiving feast? It's better to be safe than sorry.

    An estimated 2,100 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the United States on Thanksgiving Day for each year from 2011 to 2013, and caused an estimated 10 deaths, 50 injuries and $28 million in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration and data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System.

    Here's a look at the home fire patterns on Thanksgiving, as well as a few safety tips to prevent your property from going up in flames this Thanksgiving holiday:

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    It's Fire Prevention Week - 6 Things You Need to Know

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Fri, Oct 14, 2016

    "Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"

     The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is promoting this theme during this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. The focus on smoke alarm replacement comes as the result of a recent survey conducted by NFPA, which showed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are or how often they need to be replaced.

    According to the NFPA, three of every five fire-related deaths in the United States result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Almost 40 percent of the fire deaths that occur in the U.S. are in homes with no smoke alarms.

    Continue reading for more NFPA and U.S. Fire Administration fire-loss facts and safety tips.

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    Tags: Fire Safety, Fire Prevention Week