SMART INSURANCE TIPS
As the colder months approach, many of us will be using our fireplaces. It’s important to follow some precautionary measures to burn fires safely and prevent home fires in general. Here are a few safety tips:
1. Have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year. Only use hardwoods and dry, seasoned wood. Keep ashes in a metal container a safe distance from your fireplace. Always use a screen and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never leave a fire unattended.
2. Keep outdoor grills and barbecues away from anything that can catch fire, including deck railings or pergolas. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
3. Clothing dryers are a frequent source of house fires. Clean the dryer vent regularly and the lint filter after each load.
4. Place space heaters away from curtains or other objects that can catch fire. Avoid using older space heaters which lack safety features.
5. Always keep your stove and oven clean to avoid build-up that can ignite. Don’t leave pots and pans unattended, while cooking. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
6. Protect your valuable electronics, such as appliances, TV’s and computers with a surge protector – not to be confused with a power strip.
7. Make sure your electrical cords are not frayed, pinched or covered up by furniture or rugs. You can prevent electrical fires by using a “Ting” device, which alerts you to hazardous situations that need to be addressed.