Decorate Smartly to Avoid Holiday Catastrophes

One of the best parts of the holiday season is decorating your home and office with brightly-colored ornaments, twinkling holiday lights, and shimmering tinsel. You can even bring in evergreen trees to enliven a corner of the room and fill the air with an inviting...

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Assessing Damages to Your Home After a Hailstorm

Hail forms in strong thunderstorm clouds, especially when there are intense updrafts. When the updrafts carry raindrops into the upper cloud levels while the temperature is below freezing, small particles of ice form around an ice crystal, frozen raindrop, or a speck...

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Protecting Property From Cold Weather

If you love winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, you probably embrace snow with open arms. The disaster snow and ice can bring to your property, however, may dampen your enthusiasm for the elements. Snowy weather can cause a lot of problems at home if you’re...

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Are You Prepared for a House Fire?

Over 1 million house fires happen each year in the United States and account for over 3,000 deaths. In fact, four out of five deaths due to fires occur in homes. While this is a tragic statistic, many of these deaths would be preventable if fire safety equipment was...

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Tips to Prepare Your Home for Natural Disasters

Your home is one of the most important places on earth. Not only is it where you reside, but it’s also a place where you make memories. Beyond that, it’s a significant financial investment, so if a natural disaster hits your home, it can affect you and your family in...

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Avoid Thanksgiving Day Hazards

The family is the center of the holiday season. If family members are coming to your house for Thanksgiving Day, you should take steps to make sure your home is prepared for a holiday gathering and any disasters that may occur. While many people don’t expect bad...

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Topic: Myths About Cleaning Blood

Cleaning blood spills can be tricky because they are considered a biohazard. While the transfer of deadly diseases carried by blood depends highly on the situation, it’s still important that the blood is cleaned with great care to avoid any health complications. The...

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What to Do During a Flash Flood

If you live in a low-lying geographic area, you may have already experienced a flash flood. A flash flood, which occurs without much warning, is a result of heavy rainfall, excessive meltwater, or the destruction of man-made dams. Flooding happens because the ground...

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World’s Worst Natural Disasters

Since the dawning of life on earth, humans and animals have been dealing with natural disasters. While we don’t necessarily have records of all the havoc Mother Nature has wreaked on the planet, archaeological findings have given us a pretty good idea of some major...

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Saving Money for Emergencies

While some natural disasters can be prepared for, a vast majority of dangers to your home will happen at unpredictable times. Not having warning leaves portions of your house vulnerable to major damage. To combat the worst of it, it’s important to be financially...

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Guides for Water Damage Clean up

With the influx of rain and snow from winter weather, your home may become at risk for water damage. This can be caused by flooding, a leak in the roof, or a broken rain gutter. If your home suffers any water damage, it’s important to reach out to a disaster recovery...

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Maintenance Tips for your Fireplace

Once summer is gone and the cold weather begins to settle in, nothing is more relaxing and cozy than enjoying the warmth of your home fireplace. Not only are fireplaces comforting and romantic, but they are also practical if you want to heat your home without using a...

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Preparing for Flooding

Flooding is becoming a more common occurrence nowadays. Many coastal areas are affected by rising water due to global warming and are also vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. For inland communities, heavy runoff in the spring can contribute to flooding from...

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Homes Built to Withstand Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are a common occurrence around the world today. From earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes and landslides, these disasters wreak havoc, not only by taking lives but by destroying homes and infrastructure. Though some natural disasters are a result...

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Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

When you enlist the services of a professional to work on your house, you have to make sure that you will be getting quality work. This is especially true when it comes to the roof of your home. The roof protects the entire house and everything you have in it. It also...

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Home Repairs that Are Best Left to Professionals

Many homeowners take pride in being able to do minor repairs themselves. As long as they feel confident with the project at hand, they will not bother hiring a professional to do the job. Doing these repairs themselves not only saves homeowners money, but also gives...

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What to Look For After an Earthquake

Unlike most other natural disasters, there is no season associated with earthquakes. An earthquake could strike at any time, and even though many newer buildings are equipped to handle such an event, there’s no way to predict what kind of damage could occur to the...

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Changes in Disaster Response through Social Media

Decades ago, people tuned into their radios or TVs when a disaster hit to get a better idea of what was happening. However, both of those mediums rely on reporters who don’t usually relay specifics about the welfare of loved ones. As a result, social media is now...

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Choosing a Restoration Provider

When you or your loved ones are impacted by a flood, fire, or earthquake, it’s physically and emotionally draining. As you look at the aftermath, you may feel overwhelmed with all that needs to be done to return life to normal. However, you don’t have to do it alone....

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Preparation for a Fire

Disaster can strike at any moment, and it’s important to be prepared. Fires can be a particularly devastating danger for both homes and businesses, destroying not only the building but everything in it. Even items that survive the flames can be damaged by the smoke,...

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Technology for Disaster Preparedness

A hundred years ago, many of the disaster warning systems we benefit from today didn’t exist. In fact, the causes of certain natural disasters, like how an earthquake could cause a tsunami in other parts of the world, weren’t well understood. Now we have emergency...

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Preparing for Potential Disasters at School

You can never predict when a major disaster will occur, and with school lasting nine months out of the year, chances are a disaster may happen while your child is at school rather than at home. For those who live in Utah, the weather can lead to disasters, given the...

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The Effect of a Storm Surge

A storm surge is an abnormally high-water level generated by a storm. Seawater is forcefully pushed by the storm toward the shore. In most cases, this results in coastal flooding. A storm surge can cause flooding even in normally dry areas, as shown by the big...

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How to Stay Safe When Wildfires Strike

Wildfires can occur anywhere. Their spontaneous development could leave you with little or no time to escape their path. Thus, it’s important to be ready, even if there is no impending threat. If you live or travel in areas that are vulnerable to wildfires, here are...

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Tornado Myths

Tornadoes are rare in Utah, although we have had a few over the years. There are plenty of myths about this weather phenomenon, and some of them are far more harmful than helpful. Here are some of the most prevalent misconceptions about tornadoes: If a tornado...

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Safeguard your Home Against Hailstorms

Hailstorms can be very costly for homeowners. The storms can hit at any time during the year, but they are especially frequent in spring and summer. While you cannot stop a hailstorm from hitting your home, you can take steps to minimize damage. Preparing for the...

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Can Your Roof Withstand a Hurricane?

While hurricanes don’t affect Utah, they can take a gruesome toll on people in other parts of the country. Those who do live in hurricane-prone areas would do well to hurricane-proof their roof. After all, the roof stands to sustain the most damage in the wake of a...

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Improving Resiliency in the Wake of Disasters

We live in a world that is full of hazards from natural disasters, such as flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. Experiencing a natural disaster can be traumatizing—both physically and mentally. Though we can’t usually control natural disasters,...

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Protect Your House from Disaster Before You Go on Vacation

It is difficult to enjoy your vacation if you are constantly worrying about things back at home. Take these steps to safeguard your home before you leave on your next trip. Power down and unplug – House fires usually start from overheated appliances. Avoid this by...

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