Home insurance is a safety net. It is there to take care of you when things go wrong. It’s a peace of mind to carry you through. That being said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, meaning that while your home insurance will help you when you need it, it’s easier and safer, to prepare yourself to avoid disaster. The first full week of October is 2020’s Fire Safety Week, and on that note, we’d like to help YOU be safe and prepared in the event of a fire.
Have a Plan
The most important thing to remember in a fire is your plan. Your plan should include your primary exits for each room, and backup exits in case your primary is blocked. If you need to get out the window, are you able to remove the screens or any security bars that might be in place? Remember to practice your escape plan twice a year, and adapt it for any changes in health.
Be Careful Cooking
Malfunction and misused cooking appliances and surfaces represent a leading cause of fires in Canadian homes. Remember to keep pot and pan handles facing in, keep the stove area clear of flammable objects like paper towel, and tea towels, and always double-check to make sure all burners are turned off after use!
Electrical Appliance Safety
Keep an eye on cords and cables on your items like lamps, hairdryers, and toasters. Worn or frayed cords should be replaced or discarded immediately as they are a huge fire danger. Extension cords and wall socket splitters should be the exception and not the rule as they can overload wall sockets causing sparks and fire.
These are just a few of the things you can and should do to keep yourself and your family safe. Give us a follow on Facebook for more tips we’ll be sharing throughout October! Do you have questions about your home insurance and how you’ll be protected in event of a fire? Reach out and let us know!