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Fire Extinguisher & Smoke Alarm Maintenance Tips

Fire safety equipment like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers provide crucial extra time to get out of a burning home or building, but many people don’t know how to maintain these tools.   For example, most homes (96%) have at least…

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grilling safety

Keep Summer Fun with These Grilling Safety Tips

With the official arrival of summer, many people enjoy spending the warm evenings outside, grilling on a barbecue in their yard or at a public park. Whether you’re organizing an event or simply hanging out with your family, it can…

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fire pit safety

How to Enjoy a Backyard Fire Pit Safely

The months that homeowners most enjoy spending time outdoors are almost here. With their impending arrival, the New York City Council recently passed legislation that relaxes restrictions on open flames (including fire pits) in several zones. Whether or not you…

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fire safety quiz

Quiz: Test Your Fire Safety Knowledge

The Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) responds to more than 2,000 structural fires (those that occur in buildings) each month. Hopefully, you’ll never be involved in such an incident, but fire safety knowledge can help you be better…

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Stay safe around electricity

Stay Safe During National Electrical Safety Month

Because May is National Electrical Safety Month, this is a good time to review electrical safety. Electricity can be dangerous, whether the hazard is a crane contacting an overhead line or a toddler sticking a fork into an electrical socket.…

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Best practices for candle safety

Enjoy candles? Follow these candle safety tips

Whether you use candles during a power outage, as part of a holiday ritual, or for ambience, exercise special care. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) reports that, unlike other causes of home fires, candle fires have increased. In the…

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fire extinguisher recall

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

Earlier this month, Kidde recalled nearly 40 million fire extinguishers. The recall includes 134 models of fire extinguishers with plastic handles and eight models with plastic push-button Pindicators. Affected models can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge, failing to…

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Stay Safe with These Holiday Safety Tips

Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips

We at the City Building Owners Insurance program wish you and yours a healthy and safe holiday season. As you prepare to celebrate with family and friends in the weeks ahead, keep the following holiday safety tips in mind. Stay…

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