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Chimney Maintenance

October 8th, 2019 | Comments Off on Chimney Maintenance | Posted in Family Health & Safety
Both metal and masonry chimneys require maintenance so that smoke and flue gases are ventilated properly. At the very least, you should have your chimney inspected annually before each heating season. In addition:
  • Have your chimney cleaned on a regular basis to reduce creosote build-up.
  • Make sure your masonry chimney has a flue liner in place to reduce the possibility that the masonry could absorb creosote.
  • Replace cracked or damaged liners, as they will allow creosote to accumulate and heat to escape.
    • When hiring someone to reline your chimney, only allow the contractor to use a product that has been tested and listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
    There are two types of chimneys that require specific maintenance to minimize the dangers in your home.
    • Fireplace inserts (hearth stoves):
      • Vent should be connected to the flue of the chimney.
    • Factory-built metal chimneys:
      • Do not use natural gas, fuel oil vents, well casing, stovepipe or other material in the chimney, as they cannot withstand the heat in the wood burner.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 8th, 2019 | Comments Off on Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Posted in Live Well, Work Well

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States. To help spread awareness of this disease, October […] Continue Reading…

What’s a HSA?

October 8th, 2019 | Comments Off on What’s a HSA? | Posted in Family Health & Safety

 

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See Fall Colors in the D.C. Area

October 8th, 2019 | Comments Off on See Fall Colors in the D.C. Area | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

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Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in the Washington, D.C. area. As the leaves begin to turn red, orange, and yellow, locals and […] Continue Reading…

Home Inventory Checklist

October 7th, 2019 | Comments Off on Home Inventory Checklist | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

Why create a home inventory checklist? Though your homeowners insurance policy provides the protection that you need in the event of a loss such as a fire or burglary, […] Continue Reading…

Teaching Our Kids About Money

October 7th, 2019 | Comments Off on Teaching Our Kids About Money | Posted in inSIGHTS

Allowances and chores don’t exactly result in a fortune for children, but even at a young age, it’s never too early to start teaching them how to handle money […] Continue Reading…

10 Smart Snacks Under 200 Calories

October 7th, 2019 | Comments Off on 10 Smart Snacks Under 200 Calories | Posted in Lifestyle

Whether you’re craving sweet or salty, these healthy snacks are the perfect choice.

Believe it or not, snacking helps you maintain a healthy weight. The right snacks help fuel your […] Continue Reading…

70+ Things to do this October

October 7th, 2019 | Comments Off on 70+ Things to do this October | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Weekends through Oct. 20This unique festival takes place every year near Annapolis, Md. (roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC). Discover Renaissance-themed artisans, performances (including dances and musicians) and food. […] Continue Reading…

Capital One Data Breach

August 2nd, 2019 | Comments Off on Capital One Data Breach | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

Capital One Data Breach Impacts More Than 100 Million
Customers – Video

Personal information of more than 100 million Capital One customers was compromised in one of the largest data breaches […] Continue Reading…