Virginia Winter Storm Survival Guide

in insider, homeowner tips, snow, ice, safety tips, carbon monoxide, driving, report a claim, fireplace, homeowners insurance, auto insurance, Virginia, winter, severe weather, coverage, claim, car insurance, home heating, cold weather, family, roadside assistance, insurance claim, frozen pipes, damage Jan 3, 2020

Whether you're new to Virginia or lived here for some time, we have some super helpful information to help you prepare and protect your family this winter!

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How and Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Virginia

in homeowner tips, fireplace, Virginia, fire prevention, local, home fire, holidays, damage, environment, farming, recycle, Christmas, tree Dec 26, 2019

Cover picture by (Spencer R. Layne/U.S. Navy)   If you have a fresh Christmas tree that needs to be disposed of, we've got resources. There are plenty of sustainable, green cleaning ways to put your tree to good use rather than putting it in the local landfill. Just remember it's important to do it promptly rather than leave it sitting in or outside your house. Dry Christmas trees can quickly become a fire hazard and can even burn faster than...

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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Which is Better?

in homeowner tips, safety tips, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters, Virginia, fire prevention, home heating, local, home fire, holidays, home, environment, farming, allergies Nov 25, 2019

I'll never forget our first Christmas together. My husband's family was coming to visit for the holidays from the west coast and he wanted everything to be perfect right down to the Christmas tree. The fresh smell of balsam from a perfectly shaped beautiful evergreen.  And it went about as well as this clip from the Christmas Vacation movie...

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Your Home Fireplace Needs One Simple Thing Before The Holidays

in homeowner tips, fireplace, wood stoves, Virginia, winter, fire prevention, cleaning, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather Nov 19, 2019

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

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SAFE & SOUND: Extra Heat in Your Virginia Home

in homeowner tips, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters Nov 14, 2019

Brrrrrrrrrrrr! Who's thankful for extra heat from fireplaces, wood stoves, and electric heaters? And fireplaces and woodstoves are positively essential if there’s a winter power outage!  So it’s no coincidence that almost half of all home fires occur in December, January, and February. Stationary or portable space heaters pose a significant fire hazard and 86% of home heating fire deaths. Even a small chimney fire can have a costly impact;...

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