According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires in the winter season result in approximately 3,825 injuries, 945 deaths and about $1.7 billion in property loss each and every year. Sadly, cooking is the greatest cause of these statistics, as one-third of home fires occur between December and February due to fires that start in the kitchen.
Here are some things you can do in order to avoid a residential fire claim in Texas this winter.
10 Residential Fire Safety Tips Your Family Should Follow this Winter:
- Do not use an oven to heat your home.
- Do not leave a hot stove unattended.
- After cooking, confirm that the stove and oven are turned off.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children.
- Extinguish candles immediately after a meal so they aren’t forgotten about.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the home near the kitchen.
- Install fire alarms in every room and confirm that they are working.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms in every level of the house and outside of sleeping areas.
- Talk to your family about the dangers of fires.
- Get an escape plan together.
If you have had a fire this winter, even though you were careful and did your part to prevent one, it could have started due to faulty wiring or a defective piece of equipment. If you believe you have a Texas residential insurance claim, you should talk with a Texas insurance claim attorney prior to working with the insurance company in order to make sure your interests are being protected. You can reach the Voss Law Firm at 888-614-7730 and receive a free legal consultation today.
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