Fire Safety Tips
It’s that time of year again, when people start using the fireplace or wood stove, or switch on space heaters. As heating season begins, the number of house fires goes up. So does the number of smoking related fires because smokers either don’t want to go outside in the cold, or are in a hurry to get back inside and don’t fully extinguish the cigarette butt before tossing it.
Fortunately, by following some fire safety tips and taking some preventative measures, you can reduce the risk of a fire in your home. And most of all, you can prevent the risk of injury or death in the event of a fire.
- Install smoke detectors on every level of your home.
- Test smoke alarms regularly and change the batteries if they aren’t working.
- Keep items that can catch fire at least three feet away from anything that can get hot or has an open flame. This includes stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, candles etc.
- Make sure the fire in the fireplace or wood stove is out before you go to bed
- Turn off space heaters if you leave the room, or before you go to bed.
- Never run extension cords under a rug, and avoid using them for space heaters.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Smoking is the number one cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, smoke outside, never smoke in bed, or smoke if a family member uses oxygen.
- Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
- Teach your children about the dangers of fire and keep lighters and matches out of reach.
- Have a fire escape plan and a designated spot to meet outside.
In the event of a fire, get out of the home as quickly as possible and call 911. When things have calmed down a bit and everyone is safely accounted for and the fire is out, call your insurance company to let them know of the fire.
If you’re a renter, fire is one of the reasons you need to have renter’s insurance. Your landlord’s insurance covers the building, but not your belongings. For a low monthly rate, you can insure your clothing, furniture, electronics and other belongings so that you don’t lose everything in a fire.
Call Dean Insurance today at 410-838-3700 if you have any questions, or to get a free quote on homeowners insurance, auto insurance, life insurance and more. We’ve been serving Bel Air and the Harford County Community since 1973 and we’d love to help you get the insurance coverage you need.