If you live in an area where wildfires are a concern, it may be time to take action. Fire season occurs whenever conditions are hot and dry, when there is the highest likelihood that a fire can occur. This happens generally in the summer months, though some areas of the US can have fires begin at any time. If you are facing the risk of fire, being proactive can be very important. While home insurance may be available to cover your losses from such a fire, it is essential to take steps to minimize these risks instead.
Minimize the Risks Around Your Home
The first step to take in preventing fires from reaching your home is to clear away debris and any type of material that can catch on fire. The more space you can put between your home and anything that is flammable, such as dry grass or wood, the less likely the fire is to make that jump. This means ensuring the space around your home is as clear as possible. Get rid of trees and other plants that are likely to catch fire. This barrier is your first step.
Minimizing Explosions Nearby
If you have propane or other fuel sources that are stored outside of your home (even your backyard barbecue), you'll need to either remove these items from the area or turn them off so that fuel cannot escape. Not all tanks are safe from fire, though. It is a good idea to also educate your family members on how to shut off gas supplies to the home, as a way of preventing the fire from spreading quickly.
Be Ready to Move
In some situations, you may not have a lot of warning before a fire is coming. It is always a good idea, especially before fire season starts, to create an emergency kit. Have a plan in place for getting the family and pets out of the home quickly. And be sure that you have taken steps to ensure your home is safe in such an event, such as keeping the windows closed and the hose hooked up to the water spigot.
Taking these steps may prevent a fire. With home insurance, you have financial protection, but these steps may help save your home.
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