Protecting Your Home Against Fire

Your home insurance with Brent Young Agency LLC serving Manchester, CT covers fire, but the best scenario is to avoid this catastrophe altogether.

Here are some helpful tips for protecting your home against fire in a range of situations:

Practice Electrical Safety

Electrical hazards cause a worrying number of home fires every year. Practice electrical safety in your home:

  • Don’t overload outlets.
  • Don’t run extension cords under rugs.
  • Use surge protectors on electronic devices.

Use Heaters Carefully

In Connecticut, the use of portable heaters is quite common.

  • Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Have heaters inspected annually.

Have Routine Home Maintenance

Regular home maintenance is an essential part of fire prevention.

  • Have heating ducts cleaned at least once a year.
  • Have chimneys cleaned once a year before the cold season.
  • Replace damaged electrical outlets.

Use Safe Cooking Practices

Kitchen fires are also quite common but can be avoided with these tips:

  • Never leave the kitchen when something is cooking on the cooktop.
  • Use timers for baking.
  • Don’t leave the house while baking, even for a minute.

Install Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguishers

This simple step could save lives as well as property.

  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement and near sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries annually.
  • Install fire extinguishers in key areas such as the kitchen, garage, and near fireplaces.

Practice Outdoor Fire Safety

Outdoor living spaces add quality of life but represent another risk of fire.

  • Keep grills, fire pits, and generators at least 10 feet away from the house.
  • Regularly clean the grill and check for gas leaks.
  • Observe local ordinances when burning yard waste.

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These are all simple ways to ensure your family and your home are protected as much as possible from the dangers of fire. Contact Brent Young Agency LLC serving Manchester, CT today, for more helpful ways to protect your home against fire. We look forward to serving your needs!