Home Fire Safety Tips

Erb and Young Insurance is here to help you as the owner of a Florida Home to make informed decisions when it comes to anything that can threaten the well-being of you, your family and your assets — like protecting your family from fire by providing home fire safety tips. Home fires injure over 13,000 people a year and kill nearly 3,000. The people most at risk are those over age 65 and children preschool age and younger.

Locations for Smoke Alarms in your homeThere are three things (in addition to insurance) you need to purchase when it comes to protecting your family from fire, they are smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors/alarms and fire extinguishers that are fresh and ready to work when you need them. Every home should have at least one smoke alarm. Most codes now require that a smoke alarm be placed on every floor of the home. Test the batteries on your smoke alarms monthly and replace the alarm every ten years. Make sure you always install new alarms according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Create an escape plan

With all of your smoke alarms working, you need to create an escape plan. Make sure everyone in your family understands what to do when the smoke alarm goes off. Practice your escape plan in the dark so that you all know what to expect and how to navigate the home without electricity.

Here are five things to keep in mind when coming up with your fire escape plan:

► Know two ways out of each room. Have an escape ladder for any bedrooms above the ground floor. Make sure children are familiar with opening the windows.
► Feel the door for heat before opening it. If the door is not hot, open it slowly and take your normal escape route. If the door is hot, take your backup route.
► Crawl if there is smoke. Most fire victims succumb to smoke and toxic gases. Stay below the smoke by crawling.
► Have an arranged meeting place outside the house. Make sure everyone knows it.
►REMEMBER:  DON’T GO BACK INSIDE. Let the fire department handle it from here.

“Insurance with the proper coverage will help you to rebuild, repair or provide the funds to do whatever else is needed after a fire.” explains Brett Young, CEO of Erb and Young Insurance

Erb and Young Insurance is here to help you rebuild your life after a terrible loss, like a fire. We hope that you found these home fire safety tips helpful. Please, with this information in mind, contact your Erb and Young Insurance Agent to discuss your Homeowners and Commercial Insurance policies. Making informed decisions and taking responsible actions now will help you to maintain, protect and enhance the value of your personal and business properties.

Erb and Young Insurance is an Independent Insurance Agency that works with multiple of insurance carriers to bring you personalized solutions and service for your personal and business insurance needs. We offer a complimentary asset overview and policy evaluation that will save you both time and money. Contact Erb and Young now to acquire a customized Insurance policy that is the right fit for you and your budget. Get the peace of mind that you deserve by calling us now at 321-234-1690.

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