Summer has just rolled into Texas, and already things are heating up. When you start turning up the air conditioner, you might not be thinking about how to keep your home safe from the threat of fire. While no home is ever completely fireproof, there are some smart ways to ensure that your home is more resistant to fires. Here are some tips on how to fireproof your home:
INSIDE YOUR HOME
It seems pretty obvious, but smoke alarms are essential to protect your home. Install smoke alarms in every room, and test them at least twice a year. Replace batteries often.
While fire extinguishers don’t prevent fires, they can keep them from spreading. Keep multiple multi-purpose chemical extinguishers in the kitchen, the garage and outside near your grill. Check the pressure on each regularly and inspect for any dents or leaks.
Avoid electrical fires by using your outlets correctly. Don’t plug multiple large appliance cords into the same outlet.
Built up lint in dryers is a common cause of house fires. Cleaning out your dryer after each use, and make sure the exhaust duct is not obstructed to prevent it from overheating and causing a fire.
OUTSIDE THE HOME
Create a zone around your property with non-combustible mulch, rock, gravel and concrete surfaces. Consider planting greenery that is resistant to fire. Focus on fire-resistant plants such as:
- Morning Glory
- Rock Rose
- Creeping rosemary
- African daisies
Discuss emergency plans with your family and have an emergency first aid kit available. Make an updated inventory list of all possessions in your home and keep a copy of the list elsewhere. Most standard homeowner’s insurance plans generally cover fire damage, but your unique situation may call for specific coverage.
For more information about how to protect your Texas home from fire damage, get a quote from the experts at Gant Insurance.