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Disaster Prevention 101
Many common household disasters can be avoided by taking a few simple steps:
Do not leave major appliances (washers/dryers/dishwashers/stoves) unattended
Never operate major applicances when building is unoccupied
Install Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors and change the batteries regularly.
How many times have we ignored these warnings? Most candle and cooking fires occur when we are not present, yet we continue to run out to answer a ringing phone, or watch TV upstairs while a candle burns below. Appliances are involved in many fire & water damages, yet many of us think nothing of leaving our house with the dryer, washer or dishwasher running. We are often dismayed to hear of fires only to find out smoke detectors were present, but not operational due to expired batteries.
The severity of many common water, fire and soot damages can be greatly reduced if someone is present when the damage begins. Often property damage can be avoided completely.
Today we lead busy lives, often rushing to fit in all our daily activities. It's tempting to throw a load of laundry in the dryer, or run the dishwasher, while you hop out to the supermarket. The convenience of dry clothes, or clean dishes will seem less important if you return home to water or fire damage. We can't loss proof our homes, but we can take steps to reduce the likelihood we will experience property damage.
See the topics below to learn how to prevent and recover from the most common homeowner losses.
Washing Machine Hose Breaks
Wintertime Safety Tips
Furnace "Puff Backs"
Recovering From Water Damage
Recovering From Fire
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