Friday, February 27, 2015

Oregon Ranks in Top Five of National Wildfire Risk Study

People in the West love living outside of major cities, which means they've built homes in urban fringe and rural areas where wildfires are common. As a result, more and more homes will be threatened by wildfires in the years ahead.

A national risk analysis for insurance companies puts Texas first in the high risk category, with California second and Oregon third.

But high isn't the worst. Very high is, and Oregon ranks fourth in that category.

Where's the state's hottest spot? The Bend-Redmond area in central Oregon.

See the Wildfire Today article about the study here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

It's Time to Check Your Smoke Alarms

In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will provide an early warning alarm to your household. The alarm could save your own life and those of your loved ones by providing early detection and the chance to escape.

A working smoke alarm should be place outside every bedroom and on every level of the home. Residents that are hearing impaired should install additional alarms inside the bedroom. There are alarms that use strobe lights that flash or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are hearing impaired.

Remember that having smoke alarms with dead batteries is the same as having no alarm at all. Batteries should be checked at least once a year. While you are checking the battery, be sure to remove any dust, as dust can also damage your smoke alarm’s sensitivity.

Studies show that untested smoke alarms lose about half of their dependability after a 5 to 7 year period. Smoke alarms should be replaced about every 8 to 10 years.

It’s time to check your smoke alarms!!

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Kidde is recalling 31 models of plastic disposable fire extinguishers, approximately 4.7 million units in the United States and Canada. The fire extinguishers have a faulty valve component and may not discharge. 

Click here for more information.