Just because we specialize in cleaning up disasters doesn’t mean we want one to happen to you. This week is Fire Prevention week all across the United States. When we were younger this meant firefighters came to our school but as adults this means planning and teaching our kids and families about what to do if/when a disaster were to strike.
Plan an emergency exit strategy for your family. Show your children escape routes from each room of your home. Teach your family safety measures that everyone is responsible for taking. If one person leaves a candle burning, it becomes everybody’s problem.
Have your children learn as much as possible. Take them to the local fire department (most firefighters love showing kids the fire trucks). Show them fire extinguishers and how to use them. Consider this a life lesson. The fire safety they learn when they are young will likely be the only actual fire safety they get in their lives. Make it memorable.
If a fire does occur, use these steps to ensure your property is best taken care of:
- Immediately report the incident to your insurance company and be sure you know what is and isn’t covered (hotel, motel stays are often reimbursable by the insurance company).
- Contact Carey Contracting; we’ll temporarily repair your home so no further damage or vandalism is done. From there we’ll prepare a line-by-line estimate. No surprises.
- Get permission from the fire department to re-enter your home to take inventory of property loss.
Carey Contracting will help you through this process by communicating both with our client and their insurance company so everyone is working on the same page.
Check out these websites for more information on Fire Prevention and education techniques for children:
There are literally thousands and thousands of other websites; research and set up a plan for your family. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
The days are getting shorter which marks the end of another short Upper Peninsula summer. It’s time to put the bird bath in the basement and take the air conditioner out of the window before winter comes. That’s not all that needs to be taken care of at you home. Carey Contracting wants to remind you of seasonal reminders that could save you a lot of money.
1. Have fireplace chimneys inspected and cleaned! Creosote build-up is a fire waiting to happen. According to the U.S. Fire Administration 36 percent of are caused by heating systems often as the result of creosote build up. For more information on keeping your heating system clean and safe visit the U.S. Fire Administration website at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/fireplace.shtm
2. Remove hoses from exterior spigots! We see this problem A LOT. Leaving your hose attached through the harsh Upper Peninsula winter breaks the seal (even if the water is turned off) when water freezes. This leads to water pipes bursting, possible mold problems, and could even lead to foundation problems.
This is what happens when a water pipe bursts in the winter and is not caught right away.
3. Check your windows and doors! Gaps in the weather stripping around your windows and doors could cost a lot during our long winter months. That’s why it’s a good idea to self-inspect the weather stripping for cracks and replace it if needed. This is a fairly simple project; check youtube for step-by-step directions on how to take on this project yourself. This is a video I thought was very helpful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ74FVB9JSI
4. Maintain your washing machine and dryer! Your washing machine and dryer are two big risks for flood and fire. By incorporating their maintenance in the fall and spring of the year (as a minimum!) can help reduce these risks. Take the time to inspect and clean/replace any damaged or warn hoses. Clean out the lint duct of the dryer to help seriously reduce the risk of fire.
Photo of a dyer involved in a house fire.
5. Check your fire and carbon monoxide alarms! With the furnace running more often in the winter the risk of fire and carbon monoxide death increases. Take the time to replace batteries or defective alarm units to keep your family safe.
Take these steps to reduce your risk. Just because we specialize in insurance restoration doesn’t mean we want it to happen to you.