Safety Tips from Anne-Marie and Oprah

Anne-Marie's unfortunate boiler explosion in her home (don't worry, no one was hurt)? Check out her safety tips in Oprah's weekly Circle of Friends newsletter. We want to spread the word to help keep you and your family safe!Did you see the blog post about Anne-Marie’s unfortunate boiler explosion in her home (don’t worry, no one was hurt)? Check out her safety tips in Oprah’s weekly Circle of Friends newsletter. We want to spread the word to help keep you and your family safe!

Take a Safety Tip from a Circle Member

“After Bellingham, Washington, resident and Circle member Anne-Marie Faiola read our April cover story—”Are You Ready for a Change?”—she was inspired to spread the word about her own recent changes. When the boiler in her home exploded (luckily, no one was hurt), the entrepreneur (she’s a soapmaker! check her out here), wife, and mother of two wrote to share her advice for keeping your home safe:

1) Get your systems checked. Both boilers and water heaters can eventually explode if their pressure or temperature relief valves aren’t working properly. Heating professionals will typically tell you to have your heater or boiler checked yearly.

2) Create an escape plan. Our family knows that in an emergency, we should run outside to the garden. It worked: When our boiler blew up, our nanny noticed smoke coming through the vents, grabbed my 1-year-old, and headed straight outside to dial 911.

3) Update your home inventory. Some of our belongings broke or were covered in asbestos. Now I’m kicking myself for not keeping a log of everything we own. Even taking a quick photo of each room in your home every year could be really helpful if you ever have to submit an insurance claim.”

Check out the entire story on ABC News.

Boiler exploding into playroom of family's home in Washington caught on nanny cam.