Homeowners – Fire Safety
Here are some simple things you can do to lower your risk of being victim to a house fire:
• Install and maintain smoke alarms in kitchen, laundry room, garage, and in each bedroom.
• Test smoke alarms every month and replace batteries twice a year—when you change your clocks in the Fall and Spring.
• Replace smoke alarms after 10 years of service.
• Install a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.
• Don’t leave burning candles unattended and be sure to extinguish cigarettes fully.
• Ensure electrical wiring and extension cords don’t run under rugs, over nails, or in high traffic areas, and that they are replaced if frayed or cracked.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• Store paint thinners and gasoline in regulation containers away from heat sources.
• Use outlet surge protectors for electronic equipment.
• Portable electric heaters should have safety-certification label from a testing organization, such as UL (Underwriting Laboratories), and should be turned off when you are asleep or not at home.
• Keep all objects at least 3 feet away from space heater.
• Keep stairways clear.
• Ensure all windows can be opened easily.
• If you have double-cylinder deadbolts on your doors, keep the keys where all family members can quickly reach them in the event of fire.
• Clean dryer vent regularly and lint filter after each use.
• Install individual shut-off valves for gas appliances.
• Consider installing a central station fire alarm. We offer significant discounts for homes protected by alarm systems and/or automatic fire sprinklers.
• Prepare and regularly update a Home Inventory List, photographing or videotaping the contents of every room, including the garage, for your records. Keep these records off the premises or in a safety deposit box.
Fire Safety Tips – Florida Family Insurance Company
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