It’s summer and we all know what that means – heat! For some, this is a sigh of relief from the frigid winter and oftentimes chilly spring. Still, for others it may be a valid reason to seek some away time in colder destinations. Regardless of your weather preference, the reality remains: With all this heat comes greater chances for home fires. Talk about ruining a perfect summer day!
Thankfully, Auto-Owners Insurance has provided us with some helpful and easy tips to share with you, in hopes to prevent a summer house fire:
Can you remember when you last emptied the lint from your dryer or cleaned out the dryer vent? A buildup of lint can spark a fire in seconds. Remember to clean your vent after every use.
Take a few minutes to go through your home to change the batteries and test all of your smoke alarms.
Every home should have a fire extinguisher handy. If you don’t have one, be sure to purchase one. If you already have a fire extinguisher, double-check the expiration date or see if it needs to be serviced.
When is the last time that you had your chimney professionally inspected or cleaned? When chimneys are neglected, common issues such as creosote buildup can result in a devastating fire.
Always operate your grill at a safe distance from your home. Additionally, take the time to clean any grease buildup.
Source: Auto-Owners Insurance Newsletter – Insurance Update (July – September 2019)
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