- Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires in Georgia. Portable space heaters, open fireplaces, and wood stoves can be dangerous if misused. Keep portables away from curtains, draperies, and other flammable material. Always follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.
- If you use kerosene space heaters, make sure each heater has an automatic shut-off in case it tips over. Use only K 1 kerosene in a space heater; gasoline can cause an explosion.
- Have your home heating unit checked annually to be sure it is working efficiently and safely. Make sure all fuel-burning appliances and fireplaces are properly vented. If you suspect a gas leak in your home, leave immediately and call the gas company from elsewhere.
- Install an adequate number of smoke alarms. Most fatal fires start between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., while the family is asleep. The warning of a smoke alarm may mean the difference between life and death. Nine out of 10 fire victims are already dead before the fire department is even called, mainly from smoke and toxic gases.
- Each household should have a well-rehearsed family escape plan. All rooms, especially bedrooms, should have two escape routes. Have a predetermined meeting place outside the house, so you can be sure everyone is out safely.
- If you live in an apartment or condominium, and water from an upstairs neighbor's pipes damages your property, you will be covered under your renter’s (or condo owners) policy. If you don't have such coverage, the neighbor's liability policy may pay for your damage, but only if you can prove the neighbor was negligent.
- Repairs to frozen pipes on your property but not in the home, such as in your yard, are not covered by standard homeowners insurance.
With cold weather in the forecast we remind our clients of some tips to help keep their homes safe this winter:
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