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Fire Prevention Month: What You Need to Know

This month is National Fire Prevention month, with last week being dedicated as “The Fire Prevention Week”.

We all share the desire to prevent fires in our homes and there are dozens of tips available to you online to help do so.

According to the American Red Cross, 60% of house fire deaths (over 4,000 a year) occur in homes with no smoke alarms, so check yours now! It is extremely important to have an escape plan as well.

While having a working fire alarm and an escape plan may be helpful in saving your life, it isn’t the most helpful in putting fires out.

There are many things you can do in your home to help with fire prevention:

  • Clean behind and around your dryer for lint build-up
  • Keep your stove, oven and grill clean, especially watching for grease accumulation
  • Never store flammable liquids near ignition sources
  • Keep all candles and lamps with open bulbs away from flammable objects
  • Keep any lighters or matches out of reach from younger children
  • Have in-house fire extinguishers in high risk areas, i.e. kitchen, laundry room and utility closets

While making sure your smoke alarms work and taking extra caution to prevent fires is essential, it can’t be promised that a fire won’t happen.

Thankfully when there is a fire, we have our very courageous firemen and women to help. This year’s Firefighter Combat Challenge is coming to downtown Montgomery Oct.19 – 24. Be sure to check it out to see what these men and women go through to protect your lives, even if your home may be too far gone to fix.

Remember, no one expects a house fire. The only way to be financially protected in the case of a house fire is if you have Home Owner’s or Renter’s Insurance.  If you want a quote click here!