Easy Steps to Take to Keep Your Family Safe
Homeownership comes with its fair share of responsibilities, worries, and chores. However, most people don’t spend much time thinking about how to protect their homes from potential fire hazards. According to a study from the National Fire Protection Association, there are nearly 350,000 home structure fires each year in the United States and the leading causes include cooking, heating, electrical distribution, and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent a home fire.
Maintain Your Yard
It is especially important to maintain the landscaping and areas closest to your home. By picking up debris, keeping trees and shrubs trimmed away from your house, and removing any combustible materials you will greatly reduce your risk of a fire.
Use Fire-Resistant Materials In and Around Your Home
You can’t help the materials that have been used to build your house prior to moving in, but whenever embarking on a new house project or renovation it is important to pay attention to your material choices. Opting for more fire-resistant materials sometimes costs a bit more but will ultimately be safer in the long run.
Be Careful When Having Fires
Whether you have an indoor fireplace or an outdoor firepit, these come with their own risks and precautions that you should take. Be sure to pay attention to your fires and never leave one burning when you go to sleep or leave the house.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy
People who have fire extinguishers often have them hidden away or in a hard to get to location. Be sure to keep one close by and easily accessible, preferably near your home’s kitchen which is the number one room of the house that fires start in. Be sure to regularly check the expiration date on your extinguisher and replace them as needed.
Have a Functioning Fire Alarm System
Fire alarm systems have come a long way in recent years and range from a simple smoke detector to a comprehensive digital alarm system. Depending on your budget choose a solution that you are comfortable with and be sure to keep it up to date. Make sure everyone who lives in your home knows how to use it.
Nickerson Insurance is Well Equipped to Provide You The Best in Home and Property Insurance Available
Despite all of the precautions that can be taken to keep your home and family safe, things still do happen. Secure yourself some peace of mind by getting yourself the right homeowners insurance policy and property insurance to protect you if something does happen. Our trusted team at Nickerson is ready to assist with a policy that is right for you.