HOME SAFETY TIPS

The Star (St. Lucia) - - HOME SAFETY - By EC Global

Home safety is crit­i­cal. Here are some well-known yet ef­fec­tive preven­tion tips that can help pro­tect your home:

• It is ad­vis­able to in­stall a se­cu­rity sys­tem and bur­glar bars to en­hance safety. Another added ben­e­fit is a pos­si­ble re­duc­tion in your pre­mium by tak­ing this step.

• In­stall smoke de­tec­tors and en­sure that the bat­ter­ies are re­placed at least once a year. Another con­sid­er­a­tion can be to hard-wire your de­tec­tors, so you aren’t as re­liant on bat­ter­ies.

• Be vig­i­lant with your elec­tri­cal cords; check regularly to see if they are worn, frayed or have ex­posed wire. If so, re­place im­me­di­ately, don’t de­lay.

• En­sure that you avoid over­load­ing out­lets, and ex­ten­sion cords. This is can be a se­ri­ous haz­ard.

• Turn off ap­pli­ances when not in use.

• Never store flammable liq­uids such as clean­ing agents near heat­ing units.

• A kitchen is of­ten times where most fires orig­i­nate. En­sure that a fire ex­tin­guisher is kept near the exit of the kitchen. Do not place ex­tin­guisher near the stove or toaster oven.

• It is also ad­vis­able to keep ad­di­tional fire ex­tin­guish­ers near the ex­its of your home.

• Ex­er­cise cau­tion in han­dling flammable items. Never leave can­dles burn­ing unat­tended or near any­thing flammable. • Have an emer­gency evac­u­a­tion plan for your fam­ily in the event.

In ad­di­tion, here are some other steps to as­sist in mak­ing your home safer.

• If you go out at night, leave lights on and maybe a ra­dio on in­side.

• Do not leave keys hid­den out­side your home.

• Be wary of post­ing mes­sages on so­cial media in­di­cat­ing that you are away or on va­ca­tion.

Home­own­ers’ in­sur­ance is a ne­ces­sity. En­sure that you have ad­e­quate cov­er­age. En­sure that you have suf­fi­cient cov­er­age for your con­tents as well. Dis­cuss home con­tents in­sur­ance, and even the pos­si­bil­ity of bundling your poli­cies, with your in­sur­ance provider.

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