Fire. This is one of the most devastating types of losses that the insurance industry handles. It is our job to help pay for the damages from the loss, but you can help prevent the loss AND help keep those you love and First Responders safe.
Some simple tips for preventing fires include:
- Never leave anything on the stove unattended.
- Keep a fully charges fire extinguisher nearby.
- Never run your dryer unless you are in the house.
- Make sure the exhaust tube is rigid piping or tubing and not the flexible kind in which lint can accumulate.
- Do not overload circuits or fuses, and have your heater serviced annually.
Those items will help reduce the possibility of a fire, but what happens if your home is on fire? Have a family escape plan. This should include a meeting place outside the home where everyone should gather. This way you are sure that everyone is out. The tragedy that occurred in Wilmington over the weekend could have possibly been averted if the First Responders knew that the house was clear.
Spend a few minutes reviewing the preventative measures, and be sure to review the safety plans weekly so everyone in the family knows exactly what to do in the event a fire does occur.