Over the last few months, there have been several devastating house fires across the country—incidents that resulted in loss of life. According to the Red Cross, 60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.
McLean Insurance cares about your family’s safety and offers these recommendations to keep your loved ones safe:
- Smoke detectors save lives! Smoke detectors provide the early warning necessary to evacuate your home safely. There should be at least one on every floor, inside every bedroom and outside every sleeping area.
- Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries. If you have a central station monitored fire alarm system, when was the last time it was serviced or tested? Has your monitoring agreement lapsed? Call your alarm company today and conduct a test of your fire detection system.
- Don’t rely on just one type of system. You can never have too many smoke detectors! If you have a monitored fire alarm system, supplement it with a few long-life battery-operated detectors. If your smoke detectors are more than ten years old, replace them. Redundancy can save lives.
- Know your way out! Make sure you and your family members know what to do when they hear a smoke detector go off. Define the steps in a written evacuation plan, and practice them twice a year
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help
With a focus on proactive risk management, McLean Insurance continually looks for ways that policyholders can maximize safety and lessen the chance of property damage.