A fire can damage, or even destroy your home in a very short time. It is a good idea then to do all you can to prevent fires, and if you take some precautions, you will significantly reduce the chances of a fire developing. The Wellspring Insurance Network in Rockville, MD offers these suggestions for making your home safe, and for preventing fires.
- The smoke alarm. Almost all homes have smoke alarms, but they are operated by batteries that can go bad. These should be checked yearly, or maybe every six months just to make sure. A consumer Protection Agency report says 65 percent of deaths in home fires happen in houses without a working smoke alarm
- Extension cords are another hazard that can be easily prevented. Often they are used in homes, and they should be inspected regularly to make sure there is no excessive wear or exposed wiring. Also make sure there are no papers or other flammable material around cords.
- Fire hazards. Removing fire hazards is obviously the best way to prevent fires, but they are not always obvious. It is a good idea to inspect your home regularly, and to look for anything that could be a problem. A cord getting worn, gas or other flammable liquids left out are just a couple of things to look for.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Make sure these are in working order, and that everyone in the home knows how to operate them. This can stop a small fire from spreading and prevent major damage before it gets started.
- Heating. If you use portable heaters, make sure you turn them off when you go to sleep. It is also important to keep paper or cloth products away from them so they do not start a fire.
Use these tips to prevent fires in your home. Come by, or call the Wellspring Insurance Network in Rockville, Md to make sure you have the coverage you need for your home.