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PROTECTING YOUR BELONGINGS FROM FIRE

In the event of a fire it is important that you act fast. This can be hard and many people are unsure of how they will react until they are thrown into this situation. Will you panic and run around in circles or will you have the proper safety equipment to act fast and know exactly what to do. For some people adrenaline will take over and you will easily be able to navigate your way out of this situation; for others, you may find that you are rendered immovable by fear and panic. Whatever the case, the best way to protect your belongings and yourself from fire is to be as prepared as possible.

Fire Protection Tips

There are a number of things you can buy to protect your belongings from fire. A fire extinguisher is critical as it can put out the flames. However, a fire extinguisher is not going to do the trick if you are facing an extreme fire. You will need to rely on the services of the Fire Department in your area, even in the event of a small oven fire.

Having your valuable possessions locked in a storage container is a good way to protect them. Look at items such as passports, marriage and birth certificates, photo albums and jewelry and place them together in a safe box. Look for a box made out of steel which will be the best fire protection. If you do need to leave your house in the event of a fire you can easily grab the box and go with your most important belongings.

Of course, when faced with a fire you will not have the time to empty out your house, bag your clothing into bags and move your furniture onto the lawn. You will lose some of these items and the best way to be prepared for this financially is to invest in renters insurance. Renters insurance includes contents protection which will offer compensation for the items you have lost due to natural disaster, theft and fire damage.

Practicing Fire Prevention

Of course, the best protection is prevention which means ensuring that you prevent the event of fire in your home as best as possible. Having a working fire alarm in place is a must and you should always have spare batteries as well. Having a fire alarm in place can be annoying, especially if you burn dinner, but this is something that should never be switched off. It is there for a reason.

You can also prevent the event of fire in your home by keeping your oven clean. Oven fires are actually quite common as are fires started by stoves. Make sure you don't have any hanging oven mitts, clothes or towels near your appliances and that you turn them off fully after use. Do not use candles or incense in your home and do not smoke anywhere in the house.

Make sure you store all flammable items away from the cupboard where your kids can access. Teach them about fire and safety and make sure they understand why they cannot touch these items. All of these things can ensure the best prevention for fire damage.

Protecting your belongings from fire is all about taking the time to look at the hazards in your area and learning the basics about fire prevention. Of course, you can also invest in the right materials and be prepared in the event of a fire with an evacuation kit and plan. Keep your valuables together in a waterproof or fire proof container so that you can easily grab these items if you are ever faced with fire.

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