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This summer, Canadian wildfire smoke spread across the U.S. and engulfed more than a third of our country’s population. While this may have been an anomaly, wildfires are common in many parts of the United States with more than half of all U.S. properties at risk for wildfire damage.

Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Division Director, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recently stopped by the vipHome Podcast to share how wildfires ignite and spread, so you can protect your home and family!

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Episode #51

Is Your Smart Home Tech Safe?
Iris Powered by Generali Shares Security Tips

September 13, 2023

Almost three in four homeowners with smart home tech devices worry that someone can gain access to their device without their permission, but is the threat real? Unfortunately, yes. Eugenia Blackstone, Chief Marketing Officer for Iris Powered by Generali, shares with us simple ways to help protect your smart home from hackers and other digital threats.

Episode #50

What is the Consumer Confidence Report?
The Water Quality Association Explains

August 21, 2023

The annual Consumer Confidence Report is a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is required to be sent to consumers each year by their community and public water systems. Bryanna Poczatek, Technical Affairs Manager for the Water Quality Association (WQA), walks us through what the CCR says and how it can help you make decisions about your drinking water!

Episode #49

How to Enjoy a Safe Summer by the Pool
Electrical Safety Tips from the NFPA

May 19, 2023

With more than 10.7 million residential pools in the U.S., many homeowners safely enjoy a dip in a residential pool each year. Unfortunately, there have been times when pools and electricity have mixed in dangerous ways. Jeff Sargent, principal electrical specialist with the National Fire Protection Association, joins us with crucial tips to help you identify potential electrical safety issues with your pool and tips for ensuring that it’s safe to use.

Episode #48

How to Protect Your Home & Family from Recalled Products
Top Tips from the CPSC

May 17, 2023

Last year was a record-breaking year for recalls. More than 1 billion units of food, drugs, medical devices, automobiles, and consumer products were recalled in the United States, and unfortunately, some of these products may still be in your home. Patty Davis of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) gives us important tips to help you handle recall products, so they don’t harm you or your family. 

Episode #47

Top Internet Safety Tips to Keep Your Info Secure at Home
from the National Cybersecurity Alliance

May 10, 2023

Almost half of all American adults (47%) have had their personal information exposed by cyber criminals, and 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked daily. How can you keep your family and information safe when surfing the internet at home? Lisa Plaggemier, executive director of the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA), shares important home internet safety tips every homeowner needs to know (including you)!

Episode #46

How to Prevent a Lithium-ion Battery Fire in Your Home
Fire Safety Tips from the NFPA

April 12, 2023

Lithium-ion batteries have been known to cause destructive fires. Though the chances of a lithium-ion battery failing and catching fire is one in 10 million batteries, they caused 200 fires and six deaths in New York City last year alone. Brian O’Connor of the NFPA has important safety tips to help you and your family safely use devices powered with lithium-ion batteries.

Episode #45

DOE Answers Your Top Questions About EV Chargers
Is your home ready for your new car?

April 5, 2023

Electric vehicles (EV) are quickly becoming mainstream. More than 3.4 million EVs are on American roads today, and they are expected to make up more than 50% of new vehicle sales by 2030. What does this mean for the safety of your home (and your bank account)? Sarah Ollila, program manager for the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) of the Department of Energy, answers your top questions about EV chargers and your home.

Episode #44

How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane
Top Tips from FEMA

March 29, 2023

Numerous hurricanes threaten the U.S. each year, and many have been infamous due to their destructive nature. The best thing you can do is be prepared for the next devastating storm. Aaron Levy, Director of Individual and Community Preparedness at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), joins Dayna, our host, to share how you can prepare your home for the upcoming hurricane season.

Episode #43

5 FAQ About Home Warranties
Answered by Armadillo

February 1, 2023

Matan Slagter, CEO of Armadillo, a new tech-based home warranty company, stops the vipHome Podcast to share how you can easily sign up for a home warranty and how they can prevent home fires, floods, and spoiled Greek yogurt from happening to you!

Episode #42

Home Design 101 with Laurie Smith
Design Tips from Trading Spaces Star

December 15, 2022

Moving into a new home and want to put your personal touch on it? Perhaps you want to renovate your personal space or upgrade your kitchen’s style and appliances. How do you start your new home design project? We went to our home design expert – Laurie Smith of TLC’s Trading Spaces fame and vipHomeLink’s Brand Ambassador. Watch now!

Episode #40

Well Water Safety Tips
from the Water Quality Association

November 18, 2022

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 43 million people – or 15 million homes – rely upon private household wells for drinking water, but is well water safe to drink? Eric Yeggy of the Water Quality Association stops by to share well water safety tips that can help you determine if your water is safe to consume (and what to do if it isn’t)!

Episode #38

How to Prepare Your Home for an Earthquake
Tips from FEMA

October 26, 2022

With about half of all states in our country at risk of experiencing a damaging earthquake, you should learn if your home is at risk and what to do in the event the ground literally shifts under your feet. Mike Mahoney and Pataya Scott of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) share with us essential earthquake preparedness tips to help lower your risk of injury and home damage during a severe event. 

Episode #37

Simple Kitchen Safety Tips
from the NFPA

August 12, 2022

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Since most cooking fires happen in the kitchen, Andrea Vastis of the National Fire Protection Association shares with us simple kitchen safety tips (at least 21!) that can prevent a home fire from happening in your cooking space.

Episode #36

What You Need to Know About PFAS Chemicals in Your Drinking Water
with the WQA

July 15, 2022

​If you’ve been doom-scrolling recently, you may have heard of PFAS. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a warning regarding these “forever” chemicals as they pose serious health risks, even at extremely low levels. Eric Yeggy, Technical Affairs Director for the Water Quality Association, stops by the vipHome Podcast to share information you need to know about PFAS chemicals and your drinking water. 

Episode #35

Top 7 Electrical Safety Tips All Homeowners Totally Need to Know
from the NFPA

May 25, 2022

While electricity powers many modern necessities – TVs, cell phones, home appliances – it also can present danger in a home. An average of 46,700 home fires involve electrical failure or malfunction annually. In honor of National Electrical Safety Month, we welcome Corey Hannahs, senior electrical content specialist for NFPA, to share essential electrical safety tips all homeowners need to know. 

Episode #34

Top 10 Tips from a Design Expert That Generate Value
from Trading Spaces Star Laurie Smith

April 27, 2022

“A home that not only functions well but nurtures – that’s a timeless goal in design,” says Laurie Smith, designer from the hit TV show Trading Spaces. “People really embraced and craved that when they all of a sudden could not depart their walls.” With the current real estate market leading to more home renovations and upgrades, Laurie shares tips on how to add value to your home – both in comfort and dollars. 

Episode #33

Top Tips to Protect Your Community from Wildfire Risks
from the NFPA

April 18, 2022

​Wildfires can happen almost anywhere in the U.S., and while you can lower your home’s risk of damage, wildfires are a community risk. With Wildfire Community Preparedness Day right around the corner, Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Division Director for the National Fire Protection Association stops by the vipHome Podcast with vital tips to help reduce wildfire risks in your community. 

Episode #32

Bee Careful: Bee Safety Tips
from Orkin Pest Control

March 4, 2022

If you’ve ever been stung by a bee, you know it can hurt and be deadly for those with an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, bees (and wasps) can also harm your house and bring unwanted pests. Ian Williams, a technical services manager for Orkin Pest Control, shares important bee and wasp safety tips, so you and your loved ones can avoid these buzzing bugs at home.

Episode #30

Wildfire Home Protection Tips
from the NFPA

July 23, 2021

“The more you plan, prepare, and know what to do, the more peace of mind you will have when the moment comes, and the more ability you’ll have to be safe,” says Michele Steinberg, Director of Wildfire at the National Fire Protection Association. Michele shares with us essential wildfire home protection tips you can use to save your house and family.

Episode #27

We Serve Up Cooking Safety Tips
from the NFPA

November 18, 2020

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the peak days fire departments get called to home fires. Andrea Vastis, Senior Director of Public Education for the National Fire Protection Association, dishes cooking safety tips to keep your holidays merry and bright – for all the right reasons.

Episode #26

We Get Sparky
with the NFPA

November 13, 2020

Home fires happen, and a startling number of them can be prevented. We know what you’re thinking – “It won’t happen to me” – but it happens to approximately 354,400 homes every year. Andrea Vastis, Senior Director of Public Education at the National Fire Protection Association, shares with us some fast home fire facts and important safety tips to prevent a home fire from happening to you.

Episode #22

Super Simple Pool Maintenance Tips & Tricks
from America’s Swimming Pool Co.

August 11, 2020

This summer, your backyard pool might be more important than ever, but pools require daily, monthly, and seasonal maintenance. Host (and Founder) Alfred welcomes Jeremy Johnson of America’s Swimming Pool Company of the Greater Charleston Area to discuss the ins and outs of pool maintenance and the new developments in pool tech you should know about. 

Episode #21

How to Stop Pests from Becoming Unwanted Guests in Your Home
with Orkin Pest Control

July 30, 2020

Unwanted pests have a way of crashing inside your home’s crawl spaces, attic, and yard. Glen Ramsey, Tech Services Senior Manager and board-certified entomologist for Orkin Pest Control, offers DIY home pest control tips to help keep your home free from unwelcome guests. 

Episode #20

Your Top Insurance Questions Answered
by O’Connor Insurance Associates Inc.

July 23, 2020

When it comes to homeowners insurance, you probably have many questions. How much do you need? What should your deductible be, and even if you’re not near a lake or river, do you still need flood insurance? (You might.) Michelle O’Connor of O’Connor Insurance Associates Inc. explains the complexities of homeowners insurance and what you need to know, whether you’re buying your first home or renovating your current one.

Episode #19

Expert Interior Design Tips
with Laurie Smith of Trading Spaces

July 16, 2020

Laurie Smith from Trading Spaces stops by the vipHome Podcast! Listen as Laurie explores her journey from a journalism major to a world-renowned designing star and dishes easy decorating tips and tricks that can help upgrade any space inside your home.

Episode #18

Powerful Tips to Increase Energy Efficiency at Home
from PowerHouse Presented by Alliant Energy

July 2, 2020

As you increase your energy usage at home – whether remote working or charging your tablet – you’ve probably seen a rise in your energy bill. Megan Turner and Peter Seyfer of PowerHouse Presented by Alliant Energy, share new ways to increase your home energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.

Episode #14

Everything You Need to Know About Home Inspections
from a Certified Master Inspector

June 3, 2020

You’ve found your new home, but is it the home of your dreams?  A home inspection can help you find out! Alan Grubb, a Certified Master Inspector for 4U Inspection Services, explains the home inspection process and how it can help you get to know your new home.

Episode #9

How to Prevent a Fire in Your Home
with Tips from the NFPA

April 15, 2020

You can never truly fireproof your home, but you can take steps to prevent a home fire. Susan McKelvey of the National Fire Prevention Association answers your frequently asked questions about home fire safety.

Episode #7

How to Stay Organized
with Experts Tips from NEAT Method
April 7, 2020
Is your closet like Monica’s in Friends? Has social distancing forced you to take a long look at your organizational system? Personal Organizer Betsy Marsala of NEAT Method Chicago shares tips to help you simplify your home and your life.

Episode #5

How to Keep Your Pets Safe at Home
with the Center for Pet Safety
March 23, 2020
We have the cutest episode yet with our furry co-host “Zoey” to talk with the Lindsey Wolko from the Center for Pet Safety.

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