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Fire safety tips to ensure your home and family stay safe

Peter Duncanson
Director of Disaster Restoration System Development
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Winter pest proofing: Keep your home pest free

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCE
Training manager / Entomologist
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Avoid a house fire when cooking with a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving

Kathy Mabe
President, Allstate Protection, Central/West Regions
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Home Emergency, Preparedness, and Recovery

Your house isn't just a house, it's a home that protects and shelters your family. When a disaster strikes, you and your children need to be prepared no matter what happens. Whether it be storm flooding, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, break-in, fire, gas leak or any other unexpected emergency, having a plan in place to ensure your family is safe and your home is taken care of can save you money, your life, and give you peace of mind. Look to ExpertBeacon's team of qualified home disaster and emergency professionals to assist you in preparing your home and cleaning up or recovering after.

Fire safety tips to ensure your home and family stay safe

Peter Duncanson Director of Disaster Restoration System Development ServiceMaster Restore

The transition to cooler temperatures means spending more time indoors, eating more home-cooked meals, and unfortunately, the most common month for house fires.

A fire prevention survey revealed alarming insights about Americans’ lack of preparedness when it comes to fires. The survey showed that December is the most common month for house fires, with cooking as the leading cause ― making December one of the riskiest times of year. It’s important to remember to practice fire safety in your home throughout the entire year.

Peter DuncansonDirector of Disaster Restoration System Development

Pete has been with ServiceMaster since 1985. He has worked in all facets of a franchise business. He began in 1985, as a helper for ServiceMaster of Oak Park, in Oak Park, IL. In 1987, he became Operations Manager for ServiceMaster Services, ...

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Prevent frozen pipes and prepare your heating system for the winter

The winter is full of fun, merriment, and whimsy, however, there is more to it than just that. There are also plummeting temperatures and piles of snow. These things can negatively affect your home. Because of that, it is important to prepare for the worst and to know the correct way of dealing with all potential problems.

Andy RodenhiserOwner

Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has served the 495 /128 area of Massachusetts since 1928 - building a reputation for professional and friendly service throughout the years. That superior level of service is one of the reasons ...

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Homeowners: Stay on solid footing with earthquake preparedness

Scott Douglas President FirstService Residential British Columbia

Unlike a hurricane, an earthquake is a natural disaster which strikes quickly and without warning. However, just like a hurricane, home and condo owners can take measures to prepare and react to them as best as possible. Here are some simple steps to keep in mind.

Scott DouglasPresident

Scott Douglas serves as President at FirstService Residential BC. He is responsible for all operational aspects of the company, including establishing consistent business processes and operational metrics across the organization and redefining ...

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How to prepare and survive a hurricane or other natural disaster

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods often come without much warning. So, it’s important to be adequately prepared ahead of time so that you can protect yourself and your family during the event. But it is equally important to take steps to make your home and surrounding areas as safe as possible even after things have seemingly ended.

Cheryl LuptowskiHome Safety Expert

Cheryl Luptowski is the Public Information Officer/Home Safety Expert for NSF International, an independent public health and safety organization that writes standards and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to m...

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Protect your home against bed bugs and what to do if you have them

Bed bugs are one of the fastest growing pests infiltrating homes; and once they move in, they are one of the most difficult houseguests to get rid of. In order to better protect your home, it is important to understand how bed bugs find their way in. They like to travel and frequently hide in suitcases, purses and shoes, in search of a new food supply. Bed bugs are human parasites that feed on blood, so their goal is to live where you do. Their small size is one of the reasons they are difficult to detect.

Jim LaBrieOwner and Founder

After spending 18 years in pharmaceuticals sales, Jim LaBrie left behind the corporate world to own his own business. Purchasing a do-it-yourself retail store in Mesa, Ariz., specializing in bug and weed control, Jim knew little about the indust...

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Protect your home and family from your Christmas tree catching fire

Kathy Mabe President, Allstate Protection, Central/West Regions Allstate Protection

It would be pretty hard to find a Christmas tree worth $2 million. That’s a lot of gold tinsel and diamond-encrusted ornaments. But, as one Allstate customer found when an artificial Christmas tree caught fire in the family’s living room, a Christmas tree can cost you $2 million. Fortunately, no one was hurt. But the fire caused nearly $2.4 million in losses and serves as a sobering reminder that the holiday season – while full of joy – is also a risky time for home safety and security.

Kathy MabePresident, Allstate Protection, Central/West Regions

From 2010 to 2011, Mabe was president and chief executive officer of the Economical Insurance Group, one of the largest property-casualty insurance companies in Canada. From 1982 to 2010, she held a number of management roles at Nationwide, incl...

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Protect and seal your home from insects and pests for the winter

The shortening of summer sunlight and cooler temperatures clue humans to start preparing for the winter months. Insects interpret the weather changes in the same way, which means seeking a structure to wait out the winter. Unfortunately, your home may be their perfect habitat. Insects by the hundreds or more will look for crevices in warm, sunny locations which may eventually lead them into your living spaces. Here is some simple advice you can take to prevent these pesky insects from entering your home, and what to do if they have already made your home their own.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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Secure and protect your home and family from a home invasion

Robert Siciliano Personal security and identity theft expert IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

A home is broken into every 15 seconds according to the FBI. Police might catch 10 out of 100 burglars. U.S. homes are targeted with 16 million property crimes annually according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice. Burglary costs over $4.5 billion annually with over $2000 in losses to those affected. In order to help protect your belongings, your family, and your home, here is some expert advice.

Robert SicilianoPersonal security and identity theft expert

ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought af...

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Protect your home from mold and prepare for flooding during a storm

Robert Weitz Certified Microbial Investigator and Founder RTK Environmental Group

Preparing your home for a storm or hurricane can lessen the potential damage to your property. There are simple things homeowners can do to get ready for the storm to protect your home from developing a mold problem after flooding. Here is some expert advice in doing so.

Robert WeitzCertified Microbial Investigator and Founder

Robert Weitz is Chief of Operations and Principal of RTK Environmental Group, LLC. He is a licensed Lead Inspector Risk Assessor in New York and Connecticut, and holds the Certified Microbial Investigator accreditation from the American Council ...

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Winter pest proofing: Keep your home pest free

As winter comes and you’re doing what it takes to keep warm, pests, too, are looking for ways to survive the winter much like humans— indoors. Here are some simple pest proofing steps you can take to prevent unwanted guests from entering your home during colder seasons.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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Hire the right property management company for your condo or HOA

Paul Licata VP of Business Development Seacrest Services

Property management companies can be a great thing for condo and homeowner associations – or a nightmare if you select the wrong one. A reputable company will enhance your community’s premises, including pest control, landscaping, and special projects, provide emergency services 24/7, accounting, and keep up on local laws that might affect your community. Follow these do’s and don’ts to ensure you’re getting the right property management company for you and your community’s needs.

Paul LicataVP of Business Development

From full-service property management services and professional accounting services to complete landscaping and property maintenance needs, Seacrest Services is the top company in South Florida for commercial properties or community associations...

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A property management company can help you prepare for a hurricane

Bill Worrall Vice President FirstService Residential Florida

As a board member of a condo or homeowners association near the coast, hurricanes are of special concern. Along with preparing your own residence for a possible disaster, you have to take steps to get your community in order. The task may seem daunting, but with the help of your property manager, you don’t have to do it alone. A valued property management partner can help you, your board, and your community prepare to ride out the storm.

Bill WorrallVice President

A seasoned real estate industry executive, Bill has focused his career on the management and financial stabilization of distressed properties, including individual units, fractional condos, and bank-owned properties. In his role as Vice Preside...

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Be prepared and safeguard your home and family from hurricanes

Paul Licata VP of Business Development Seacrest Services

Parts of the country are still recovering from the unexpected damage from Hurricane Sandy. If you live in an area that frequently lands within a Cone of Probability, the best time to start preparing for a hurricane is now so that you can ensure the safety of your family and your home. Make sure your checklist is up-to-date year-round with this advice.

Paul LicataVP of Business Development

From full-service property management services and professional accounting services to complete landscaping and property maintenance needs, Seacrest Services is the top company in South Florida for commercial properties or community associations...

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Avoid a house fire when cooking with a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving

Kathy Mabe President, Allstate Protection, Central/West Regions Allstate Protection

Many people swear by the moist, tasty goodness that comes from deep-frying a turkey in oil. But the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns about the dangers that come with gas-fueled turkey fryers, such as burns from hot oil or fire damage. On average, there are three times more turkey fryer claims during the holiday season than any other time of the year. The median cost for turkey fryer-related claims is almost $29,000.

Kathy MabePresident, Allstate Protection, Central/West Regions

From 2010 to 2011, Mabe was president and chief executive officer of the Economical Insurance Group, one of the largest property-casualty insurance companies in Canada. From 1982 to 2010, she held a number of management roles at Nationwide, incl...

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Protect and prevent your family and home from a fire

A full overview of the many ways you can help protect your home from fires and ensure a safe and speedy escape when there is a fire, could fill a large (and highly flammable) book. Fortunately, there are a few things that are key to home fire safety and escape that can make all the difference.

Shawn ButlerVP, Business Development

More than 15 years of executive experience in high technology, social media, electronics and hi tech, with current focus on home fire prevention, technologies, lighting and related product innovation. Currently working on a full line of fire ...

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Expert advice on preparing your family for a natural disaster

Phillip Cox CEO & Co-Owner Legacy Premium Food Storage

A natural disaster strikes in an instant and wreaks havoc on our communities and homes. Disasters can also wreak havoc on your family’s well-being, especially if you aren’t prepared for them. Some simple steps you take with your family before an emergency situation occurs literally means the difference between life and death.

Phillip CoxCEO & Co-Owner

Phillip Cox is the chief executive officer and co-owner of Legacy Premium Food Storage, the fastest growing emergency food storage company in the marketplace. Cox graduated from the University of Utah in 2001 and received an MBA from Utah State ...

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Prevent and remove mold in your home with certified mold inspectors

Robert Weitz Certified Microbial Investigator and Founder RTK Environmental Group

It is estimated that 70% of homes in the U.S. have mold behind the walls. This expert advice can help you find out if you have mold, teach you how to prevent it from invading your home, and guide you through the cleanup and removal process.

Robert WeitzCertified Microbial Investigator and Founder

Robert Weitz is Chief of Operations and Principal of RTK Environmental Group, LLC. He is a licensed Lead Inspector Risk Assessor in New York and Connecticut, and holds the Certified Microbial Investigator accreditation from the American Council ...

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