When it comes to your home, odds are that safety for your family is a top priority. Many often overlook fire safety and this could have disastrous results since there were over 360,000 home fires in 2010, and this resulted in 6 billion in damages. There are multiple ways to fireproof your home that some may not be aware of.
Cooking is often the leading cause of fires, especially cooking outdoors. Barbecue pits that use coals can ignite surrounding trees or brush and even patio furniture. Simply completely cooling the coals before disposing can prevent a fire. Candles are also another culprit. There are many ways to scent your home without the use of candles. There are sprays and bamboo sticks that soak in essential oils as a safe alternative to candles.
Fire extinguishers are a must for every home. Make sure to have at least two on hand by and inspect them intermittently to ensure they are fully operational. Smoke alarms are often forgotten about. Check to make sure that batteries are good and the alarms are working properly. Rid your house of excess papers or clothing that could ignite and spread a fire rapidly. Fire proof your roof by spraying it with fire retardant chemicals or use pretreated shingles. Keep the gutters free of debris and leaves and make sure to clear your surrounding property of dry brush.
Finally, despite your best efforts, a fire could still occur and you want to have good insurance. Insurance can help to rebuild your home and cover living expenses while repairs are being made. Simply put, it can save you from financial ruin. Gant Insurance Agency can get you the best coverage for your fire insurance needs. Trained personnel can make sure that if a fire does occur in your home, you can take comfort in knowing that you are fully covered and your home will get the repairs it needs.