According to federal statistics, 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in homes; in 2009 alone, 2,500 died and another 13,000 were injured in home fires. Most of these deaths were from inhaling smoke and other toxic gases. While your Allied Homeowners Insurance can protect you against many losses caused by fire, fire prevention is always a necessity.
Here are some well-known yet effective prevention tips that can help any home:
- Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and replace the batteries once a year. If possible, consider hard-wiring your detectors, so you aren't as dependent on fresh batteries.
- Check electrical cords and replace any that are worn, frayed or have exposed wire.
- Avoid overloading extension cords and outlets.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen where most fires originate.
- Make sure your fireplace works correctly and is adequately vented.
- Never leave candles burning unattended or near curtains.
- Place space heaters away from walls, drapes or anything that could catch fire. Be sure to turn off heaters when you go to bed or leave for the day.