House FireYour home may be your biggest investment yet so protecting your home and all your valuables just makes sense, right?  Sounds simple enough, but did you know that a house fire happens every 87 seconds in the U.S.?  A house fire can destroy your home and everything in it very quickly, leaving you financially and emotionally drained.  The good news is the majority of house fires can easily be avoided if you know some preemptive measures to take to reduce the chance of a house fire.

The Most Common Causes of House Fires, but Not Limited to:

Some of the most common causes of house fires are things you can avoid.  According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), some of the leading causes of fire include:

  • Smoking
  • Cooking
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Candles
  • Electrical

Ways You Can Protect Your House from Fire Hazards

Most house fires are preventable, especially if you know some safety measures and act accordingly.  Taking a few extra minutes to fireproof your home is priceless when thinking how fast a home can be destroyed.  Did you know that a small flame can turn into a fiery siege in as little as 30 seconds?  Let’s look at some precautionary measures you can take to protect your family, home, and all your valuables from fire.

  • If you own an older home, have a licensed electrician inspect the wiring. Faulty wiring and short circuits are a leading cause of house fires, especially in older homes.
  • Never perform electrical repairs or updates by yourself if you aren’t licensed or informed about the properties of electricity.
  • Never leave candles burning when you leave the room. It may seem safe enough but a candle burning can get out of hand in a hurry and lead to a house fire.
  • Don’t smoke inside your home. One of the most common causes of deaths caused by house fires is due to the resident falling asleep with a lit cigarette. Also never dispose of a cigarette into a trashcan inside the home as it can ignite, resulting in fire damage.
  • When cooking, never leave the stove unattended. Grease fires can happen quickly and can engulf your kitchen with flames in a matter of seconds.  Having a fire extinguisher installed in your home is recommended.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in working order. It is recommended you change the batteries every year and routinely test them.  The effects of a house fire can be greatly reduced or completed avoided with the use of smoke/fire detectors.
  • Every time you use your clothes dryer make sure you clean the lent filter.

As you can see, this list of things doesn’t take much time, especially when considering the safety of your home and loved ones.  Taking a few minutes daily to protect your home provides peace of mind and is priceless!  If you have any questions concerning ways to protect your home from the peril of fire or need assistance with N.C. homeowners insurance protection, contact our office today at Twin City Insurance and we will assist you with all your homeowners needs.