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Prepare Your Home in 2016

12/31/2015 (Permalink)

As we say goodbye to 2015, and get set for our resolutions that disappear faster than the ball drops on Times Square, take some time in the coming weeks to think about safety. 

How safe is your home? Have you done the proper maintenace needed to minimize your families risk of fires, floods or mold?

In 2013 there were nearly 370,000 home fires in the U.S. At a cost of 6.8 billion dollars in damages. 92% of the appliance fires were caused by the clothes dryer. 32% of those fires were do to lack of cleaning. Here are some dryer safety tips:

*Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.

* Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.

* Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.

* Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.

* Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.

* Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.

* Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.

* Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.

* Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

As scary as the statistics for dryer fires sound, they aren't close to being the number one cause of home fires. Two out of every five home fires started in the kitchen, Cooking and cooking equipment account for over 60% of all home fires. They also account for 42% of all fire related injuries in the home.

The peak month of the year for these kitchen related fires is January. The peak time being between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Unattended cooking was by far the leading cause of these fires.

What you need to know:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

Watch this short video for more safety info:


Make 2016 the year you prepare your home against the risks that are easily avoidable. 

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