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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fire and Home Protection

Whether it be wildfire or fire from some other means, seeing your home burning would have to be one of the most terrifying and horrific sights. Whether you live in a wildfire-prone area or not, it’s important that you have protection in place when it comes to fire: from a planned escape plan, to Erie homeowners insurance.

The most important thing of course is to protect your family and yourself. Install smoke detectors and check them regularly to ensure they are functioning correctly. Familiarize everyone with their sound, and also plan an escape route. If possible there should be at least two escape routes from every room. If you do encounter thickening smoke, crawl quickly away towards an exit (smoke and heat rise so you should keep your head low). Ensure everyone knows to get outside as quickly as possible and not to try to pack clothes or other items.

To help protect your property, you might ensure you have fire-resistant materials in the property (including roof, shed), that your yard is not overgrown and gutters are kept clear at all times. Keep a fire-extinguisher at home, and a hose close to the entrance. And make sure your front door and house number are clearly visible so that you can be found easily by fire fighters.

And should disaster strike, you will have some reassurance if you have purchased the correct amount of homeowners insurance.

Some planning now can help protect your family and your home in the event of fire.

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