October is Fire Safety and Prevention Month so I thought it was a great chance to review a few fire safety tips with you. Make sure your home doesn’t join this statistic by following the following tips:
- Smoke Detectors – While it almost goes without saying, every home should have a smoke detector in every room. Smoke detectors can be picked up at any hardware store and are fairly inexpensive.
- Create an Escape Route and Practice – In the event of a fire, getting your family out safely is the top priority. Create an escape route from each room in the house and practice it regularly.
- Don’t Overload Your Electrical – Never overload extension cords or the circuits in your house. Keep wires and cords away from rugs and other high-traffic areas. Make sure all plugs are fitted snugly in the outlet. A poor-fitting plug can overheat and ignite a fire quickly.
- Keep Your Dryer Vent Clean – Clothes dryers are a common ignition source for house fires. Keep the lint trap clean and make sure your exhaust duct is clear. The exhaust duct should be made of metal tubing, not plastic. It is a good idea to clean behind the dryer at least twice a year.
- Install a Sprinkler System – A quality sprinkler system will not only greatly increase your chances of surviving a house fire, it will also lower your insurance premiums and push up your property value. Sprinkler systems have dropped in price in recent years and are much more affordable than in the past.
- Alternative Heat Sources – Whether you are using a fireplace or a space heater, pay close attention when using an alternative source of heat. A portable heater should be kept at least three feet away from anything flammable, including curtains and furniture. When using a fireplace be sure to use fire screens and have the chimney cleaned regularly.
If you have any questions about your current policy, give us a call at the office at any time.
Yours and your family’s safety is Our Agency’s #1 Priority