How To Fireproof Your Virginia Home This Winter

By Nancy B
October 26, 2022

For the first time in three years, an El Nino winter is forecasted for the Northeast. Early predictions suggest a wetter-than-normal winter in Virginia with an equal chance for temperatures to be above or below normal. The commonwealth is notorious for its fickle wintery ride of mild days with highs in the sixties to frigid days only in the twenties. This polar coaster ride could bring significant cold spells, and you'll want your home to be safe and snug! 


Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires

Did you know heating equipment is the number one cause of home fires in the U.S.? The majority of those occur in December, January, and February, and 44% of fires are caused by space heaters every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fireplaces and chimneys are the second most common cause, responsible for 29% of home fires. Central heating units and water heaters make up the remaining home fires.

We know from decades of home insurance experience that fire loss is the most costly of homeowners insurance claims. The good news is it’s also the most avoidable. Common reasons for home fires are dirty chimneys, wood stoves and fireplaces that need maintenance. No problem! Our guides will get your heating systems in tip-top shape. Here’s a little teaser:


So stay tuned. We'll start with a bit of outdoor final prep and shore up the nooks and crannies inside. Then we'll help you prepare your home heating systems and extra heating equipment for Virginia's coldest winter days. We'll also show you the best ways to keep your home's air healthy for the whole family and how to maintain your fireplace or wood stove throughout winter.  

Come January, you’ll be whipping up a big batch Williamsburg hot cocoa and enjoying your winter with warm and protected peace of mind!