Home fire, car fire – wherever it happens and to whatever extent of the damage, dealing with a fire can be devastating.


    With our informative articles, you’ll learn the steps to take to avoid increasing your fire potential as well as strategies to deal with the damage to your home and possessions.


    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!

  • Types of Fire Extinguishers

    There are many different types of fire extinguishers intended for various purposes. You wouldn’t want to use a 50-pound extinguisher designed for chemical fires in a lab to put out a small grease fire in your kitchen! Using the wrong type of fire extinguisher is not only dangerous, but can actually encourage the fire to spread. […]

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  • Cleaning Up Water, Smoke and Soot Damage

    If you’ve had a fire, you know that nothing is harder to clean than water, smoke and soot damage. Most people hire professionals to clean up, but in case you need to do some cleaning on your own, here are some water damage and soot cleanup tips from Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist from […]

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  • Partner and State Links

    Health / Life Be there for a friend or loved one in need – learn great tips at What Friends Do. Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has resources you can use, from food safety to field safety, from physical to psychological, and from government to community development. Here’s a general link to help you find a Better […]

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  • After a Home Fire – What to Do

    Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. Here’s what to know and do – and not do. WHN TIP – First Needs: If you need immediate assistance with shelter, food or other personal needs, consider contacting your local American Red Cross chapter. Insured? Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible, preferably before meeting with […]

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  • Keeping Your Home Safe While You Travel

    Here are some smart “insider tips” from industry professionals and everyday travelers we interviewed that cover the preparation of your home while you are on vacation. The House: Main Rooms Have a friend, family member or trusted neighbor check on your house. Give the person your house keys and security codes (if necessary). WHN TIP […]

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  • Create a Fire Emergency Plan

    Plan Ahead Download our Fire Safety Items Checklist to make sure you have enough fire safety items to cover your entire home, especially where people sleep. Watch this video for tips and techniques for creating a successful escape plan from your home if it is on fire all while making practice fun! Purchase fire safety items such […]

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  • Returning Home After a Disaster: What Supplies to Bring

    If you are returning home to clean or salvage items, here’s a list of suggested supplies and items to bring with you. WHN Expert TIP – Water Damage Clean-Up Tips: Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist from South Washington County in Minnesota, provides water damage cleanup advice in this podcast. Was the disaster fire-related? Greg also […]

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  • What to Do in Case of a Car Fire

    Fire While Driving WHN Expert Tip – Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy. In these two videos, Edina, MN Fire Marshall Tom Jenson explains the features and uses of four different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Be safe, be smart. Pull over and stop your car immediately. Turn off the ignition. Get yourself […]

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  • Working With a Claims Adjuster

    Once you have notified your insurance company of your loss, you will meet with a claims or field adjuster. Your insurance company provides the adjuster at no charge to you — it’s included in the cost of your insurance policy. A claims adjuster will: Investigate the circumstances of a loss Discuss it with you Provide an assessment […]

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  • 4 Things to Know About Your Insurance Score

    Like a credit score used by banks, insurance scores rate your risk (how financially stable you are) since research has shown that people who are in better shape credit-wise tend to file fewer insurance claims. What It’s Based On Your insurance score takes into account factors such as: your credit history the number of claims you’ve […]

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