As colder weather settles in the risk of fire at your home or business can increase.
According to the National Fire Protection Association things like heat sources, candles, holiday decorations, and even holiday cooking can lead to fire.
December, January, and February are peak months for fires caused by heating sources. Also, heating is the second leading cause of home fires, death, and injuries in the United States. Improper use of a space heater is most often what causes a fire.
The Federal Emergency Management Association, or FEMA, shares some "fire smart" advice to help lower the risk of fire.
Be sure to plug only one heat-producing appliance like a space heater or coffee maker into a wall outlet at a time. Also, never use an extension cord with a heat-producing appliance. Extension cords should also only be used temporarily.
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You can also prevent fires by keeping anything that may burn at least three feet from heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves, or radiators. Be sure to install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once per month.
You should also have your fireplace cleaned and inspected each year, and store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container.
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Even when you do your best to prevent fires, sometimes disasters happen. If your home or business is damaged by fire you are going to need to file a property loss insurance claim. Sill can help you through the process of an insurance claim and in most cases we can help you to settle your claim faster, and for a much larger amount.
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Here's what we do:
- Review your insurance policy
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Hiring sill means you'll have an insurance expert on your side throughout the complicated insurance claims process.
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