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Increase Your Home’s Fire Protection

Posted November 28, 2018 in Fire Protection

Over the last several weeks, Northern and Southern California have experienced disastrous and deadly fires that have affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents. While many families and businesses are still picking up the pieces, now is the time to consider how prepared you are for such an incident. Unfortunately, preparing your home against fire is something that is often forgotten about until it’s too late.

To learn more about the necessity of homeowner’s insurance, contact Gallant Risk & Insurance Services, Inc., by calling (951) 368-0700.

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Prepare Your House

Although fires such as the ones we have witnessed lately are challenging to prepare for and protect against, they are not usually experienced by most homeowners. More often than not, house fires are caused by much smaller, unexpected situations, and although they are still devastating, they are easier to protect against. Faulty electrical equipment, overloaded adaptors or damaged electrical cords, an unattended gas stove, and forgotten candles or cigarette butts are all common causes of house fires. While some of these are easy to protect against with constant monitoring, others, such as issues with wiring, are more difficult to spot. To keep your home and family as safe as possible, there are a few rules to follow.

1. Clear Away Brush

Many houses are surrounded by excess brush, bushes, and trees. In case of a fire, the proximity of these to your home can make a bad situation worse. To protect yourself and your property, clear away any excess brush and routinely trim all bushes and trees.

2. Declutter

Clutter in your home and garage can help a small fire grow and spread very quickly. By keeping clutter at bay, you can feel more at ease that the objects in your home will not allow a fire to spread.

3. Never Leave a Flame Unattended

Although it is easy to want to leave the kitchen when dinner is on the stove or walk out of a room while candles are burning, you may want to think twice. These routine activities can prove to be devastating should anything unexpected happen. To keep your home and yourself safe, never leave an open flame unattended.

Give Yourself Peace of Mind

Even if you’re cautious about protecting your home from fires, accidents still happen, as the recent wildfires have shown. To keep your property and belongings safe, homeowner’s insurance is a must. Contact your insurance provider to see how well you are covered in case of a fire.

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