The second week in October is Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This week is meant to spread the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. In fact, according to the NFPA, two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen. Also, the risk of fire increases as we start to get into the cooler months.
When cooking in the kitchen:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food
- If you leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove
- When you are simmering, baking or roasting food, use a timer to remind you
- If you have young children, use the back burners on your stove
- When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, and anything else that can burn, away from your stove top
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stove top
Steps to prevent fires:
- Have properly working smoke alarms
- Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors once a month and change the batteries at least once a year
- Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom
- Put together a family escape plan and practice it once a month
- Install an at home sprinkler system
- Put fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in your family knows how to properly use them
- Know the number for the local fire department
- Make sure appliances are turned off and unplugged when not in use
So what do you do in case a fire accidentally does start in your home? Well, having home owners insurance would save you a lot of hassle. You want to make sure you have an accurate rebuilding cost for your home. Always consult your agent to make sure you have proper coverage. To make sure that you are covered if this should happen to you or for more information on this topic or to discuss your insurance needs, please contact us at 888.304.6678 or visit our virtual insurance office.
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