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- Smoke detector batteries: Smoke detectors cannot alert you to a fire with dead batteries. The U.S. Fire Administration suggests changing smoke detector batteries twice a year with Daylight Saving Time. This year, we “spring ahead” on Sunday, March 9.
- Water heater: Slow leaks can drain your budget with water loss, and by the damage caused from a leak. Additionally, the water heater can rust, and the surrounding walls and floors can decay. Flush your water heater twice a year to remove sediment, and check the water heater hose for cracks or holes.
- Dryer: The simple and overlooked act of cleaning lint from your dryer’s lint trap before each use can prevent a dryer fire.
- Water hoses: Avoid floods by updating washing machines, faucets and toilets with a no-burst hose.
- High-tech sensors: Home improvement stores make it easy to install gas, water and carbon monoxide sensors. These sensors not only protect the safety of your home, but can lower insurance costs, too.
- Wiring: If you live in an older home, you may want to consider updating the wiring. Old wires are a common contributor to house fires, and you may qualify for a new wiring credit.
- Fire extinguishers: Not only are fire extinguishers a smart and easy way to defend your home from fires, but they may lower your homeowner’s insurance, too.
- Pool fence: Not only is this a smart safety feature, even without children in the house, but a pool barrier requirement is the law in Florida.
- Battery disposal: A recent viral video pointed out the importance of safe battery disposal. To prevent fires or explosion, place electrical tape over the contacts of your 9-volt batteries before throwing them away.
Ryan Insurance & Financial knows how important it is to keep your house safe and sound. Contact us today at 386-738-2000 to find out how we can help update your safety features and lower your insurance costs.