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Fire Safety – Stay Up to Date

In our last blog post, we discussed how your home insurance covers you in the event of a fire.

Now, let’s discuss how to do your best to keep that from even happening!

First, one of the most important things you can do to make sure your family is safe, is to have your smoke detectors up to date. It is recommended to have battery-operated alarms. You need to change your batteries 2 times a year, and check them once a month! It is also a great idea to have a fire safety plan that all members of your family are aware of.

Furthermore, fire extinguishers are also a very important item to have up to date. Make sure they are accessible and not expired!

Keep your home and property clear of debris, and your trees, bushes and lawn trimmed.

If you use a family fire pit, once the restrictions are lifted of course, make sure you take care to practice safe measures. Also, do not leave a fire unattended or burn it too close to your house. Be very careful to use your BBQ at a safe distance from your house as well.

Appliances can pose a fire hazard. Keep your dryer lint clear! It is very flammable! When in the kitchen, watch out for curtains, chemicals, cloths, or paper towels too near the stove, and be very careful when cooking with grease!

Candles are lovely, but they can be a huge fire hazard. Never leave them unattended!

Inspect your home for fire hazards. Look for frayed wires, overloaded circuits, or flammable materials.

Be very careful using extension cords! They are not designed to handle a large amount of plugs.

If you have a fireplace or wood stove, make sure to clean and check it often. Store ashes in a metal bucket, outside.

Be sure to unplug straighteners, irons and other small appliances after use.

There are so many more tips we could bring to your attention. The most important thing is to be aware of any potential risks and keep your family safe!

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