Keep Your Home and Family Safe With Winter Fire Safety

During the cold winter months in New England, there’s nothing better than cuddling up by the fire with your loved ones. Oftentimes, homeowners have to rely on additional heating sources to keep houses warm. Did you know that heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire deaths? According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. Below we have prepared a few simple fire safety tips and precautions th...
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Ice Dams: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment

Those icicles hanging along the gutters of your home may look beautiful, but they can also signal trouble. Ice dams are slick ridges of solid ice that buildup over time. When it gets very cold outside, heat collects in your attic, which warms the eaves of your roof. Once the snow melts off of the roof, it slides down and refreezes along the edges. Over time, ice accumulates and forms a dam. The melted water from the warm roof backs up behind it and flows under the shingles. This can potentially ...
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