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Roof on FireIn 2015, there were 365,500 home fires across the US that resulted in over 2,600 deaths and over 11,000 injuries. House fires and the associated home insurance claims are preventable. Here are four steps you can take to fireproof your home.

1. Keep Batteries in Your Smoke Alarms

It happens all too often. Batteries in a smoke detector die, and the homeowner doesn't realize it until their house is on fire. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that you test the batteries in your smoke detector at least once a month to prevent smoke from going undetected in your household. They also recommend that you replace the batteries in your smoke detector at least twice each year.

2. Maintain Your Electrical Outlets

It's not shocking to learn that your electrical system can be the source of house fires. Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to maintain their electrical system — even though the risks can be dire. However, you can avoid this problem by doing the following:
  • Update old wiring systems.
  • Replace aluminum wiring systems.
  • Fix shorts in electrical outlets immediately.
  • Never overload your electrical outlets.
All of these problems could potentially lead to a house fire. By taking measures to prevent them, you can save your family and your house.

3. Fireproof Your Furniture

Did you know that most furniture created these days is prone to fire? These days, you have only 3 to 4 minutes to escape a house fire; in the past, homeowners had about 17 minutes to make it to safety. What's caused the decreased timeframe? Homes and furniture are more combustible now than ever before; they're often build with synthetic fibers, which burn quicker than natural fibers. The fix is to purchase furniture that is made from natural materials. This can help increase your escape time should a fire break out. Plus, furniture built from natural materials will likely last longer than those made from synthetic fibers.

4. Keep Fire Extinguishers in Your Home

Fire extinguishers are necessary to put out fires. The number of fire extinguishers you need depends on the size of your home. Regardless, you should have two or three fire extinguishers to be on the safe side. These extinguishers should be easily accessible and ready to use in case of a fire.

Make sure your home is protected with the best policy. Call Prestige Insurance Group, Inc. at (888) 969-8778; for a Florida home insurance quote.
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