There are a lot of home fires throughout Scottsdale each year such as the multi-million dollar loss in north Scottsdale this past September. At Vanyo Insurance Group, we would like to help Phoenix area homeowners protect their homes through a few simple prevention tips.
Install New Smoke Alarms
Install new smoke alarms in your home if the ones you currently have are more than 10-years old. When replacing them, you might want to consider upgrading to the connected type as well.
If the ones you have are relatively new, you should test them each month and replace the batteries at least once per year. Also be aware that certain models have been recalled recently, such as those affected by the Kidde recall.
Buy and Install Fire Extinguishers
Many homes don’t have a single fire extinguisher, and that is a big concern. If you fall into this category consider a few key things.
- Purchase a Class ABC fire extinguisher for comprehensive protection. Most homes have risks related to rubbish and paper, electrical, and fuel (such as gas and oil). You need a fire extinguisher to address each of these types of fires.
- Again, make sure your fire extinguisher isn’t at risk of a recall. As with smoke detectors, Kidde recently had a fire extinguisher recall.
- Finally, learn how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. We encourage every member of your home to learn how to use a fire extinguisher in a safe and effective manner. Learn more about how at the OSHA website.
Ensure You Have CO Alarms in Place
Fireplaces, clothes dryers, and even your furnace can create a carbon monoxide risk. This is an odor-free gas, one that has no color and is nearly impossible to detect without a detector in place. So, what do you need to do to protect yourself?
- Invest in a carbon monoxide detector for various areas of your home, including in the bedroom area, kitchen, basement, and garage.
- Know what the risks are of carbon monoxide including how to prevent it from entering your home. The CDC offers some guidance on their website.
- Maintain them. Be sure to check them at least once per month. Many of these devices can also be connected to your smoke and fire detectors as well. This gives you maximum warning and protection.
Let’s face it – your home insurance team is here to help you buy the right kind of homeowners insurance and help you should you have a claim. But, we want to do our best to prevent a loss and keep you safe as well. Investing a few minutes in these specific areas can help to ensure your loved ones, as well as your property, never suffers damage that could have been avoided.