Your home is more than likely your biggest asset. However, as summer gives way to Autumn and the leaves begin changing colors, there a new potential for danger. With a new set of risks to be aware of, here are some valuable home safety tips for the fall season so that you can keep your family and your home safe.
Know the Risks and Be Safe
While most residential fires happen during the winter months, Autumn brings an uptick in house fires. Because of this, homeowners should be dedicated to fire prevention September through February. Some of the main culprits that cause fires include space heaters, candles, faulty HVAC systems, faulty electrical outlets, stoves and accidental ignition of fire places.
It is extremely important pay attention to the hazards around your home at all times. Always keep space heaters several feet from flammable linens. Turn off appliances when leaving the home and be sure that candles are blown out. Make sure there are no flammable oven mitts or papers near your stove top. Also, have your HVAC system inspected annually to spot dangerous leaks.
Test Your Smoke Alarms and Replace Fire Extinguishers
Smoke alarms can help alert you when there is a fire in the home. A sounding alarm can keep your family safe and give you time to stop the fire before it gets out of control. Install alarms in every sleeping area of your home. Also be sure to use the test button and test your alarms monthly. If your alarms or fire extinguishers are past their expiration date, have them replaced immediately.
Maintaining your home every season is important. Be sure you know about the safety hazards that exist in Autumn and protect your home by being proactive. These simple changes may even help reduce your home insurance rates, as you’re taking steps to be a safe and active homeowner. For more information about San Diego property insurance, call American Tri-Star today at 619-272-2100 and speak directly with an experienced insurance agent.
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