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Tips to Help You Protect Your Home

Tips to Help You Protect Your Home
No one plans on having a fire destroy their home and ruin their lives, but there are measures you can take to protect your home beyond having a working smoke and CO detector. 

There are simple and inexpensive ways you can help ensure the protection of your valuables, home and family. 

  • Fire extinguisher – Keep a fire extinguisher near your kitchen and have it handy when barbecuing or outdoors when enjoying your backyard fire pit. Be sure your fire extinguisher is recharged and everyone in your home knows when and how to properly use it. If you’re unsure of what type of extinguisher you require, speak to a professional. 
  • Prepare your family – Have an escape plan ready and practiced in case of fire. It’s also important that your small children aren’t afraid to take action when hearing the smoke alarm. When installing a new alarm or changing the batteries involve your children in the process and let them know what the alarm sounds like. 
  • Escape ladder for upper floors – It’s recommended to have an escape ladder in each bedroom that is located on an upper floor. Be sure your entire family is confident in its use and has practiced how to safely use it. 
  • Fireplaces – Have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly. Use a screen in front of the fireplace to stop sparks from reaching flammable material and keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away. 
  • Dryer vents – Clogged and improperly installed dryer vents can be a cause for household fires. Inspect and clean your vents once a year. Don’t leave your dryer running while sleeping or when you leave your home. 
  • Portable heating devices – Ensure that any portable heating devices are used according to the manufacturer’s specifications and is located 3 feet away from any flammable material. 
It only takes a little extra effort to help ensure that your home and family are prepared in the event of a fire. It’s better to be prepared for the worse than live with the potential consequences. 

Be safe! From your friends at Gibb Insurance Brokers.