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You might already know that home fires cause more property damage and deaths in the United States annually than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods. Perhaps you are also aware that most home fires start from home heating equipment. But there are likely some newer facts about how fire spreads during a home fire that you did not know.

According to Jeff Rossen (of the TODAY Show), his research concludes that the time you have to escape a house fire today is 3-4 minutes compared to 17 minutes in 1985. Check out Rossen’s report – complete with video proof, and learn the reason.

To learn more about home fire safety including steps to take to avoid a fire, what to do if a fire breaks out and what to do just after a fire, visit the American Red Cross Fire Safety website. You will also find checklists for fire safety and developing a fire escape plan.

In “Protect Yourself From Home Fires”, ErieSense.com offers fire prevention safety tips about home heaters, electrical hazards and kitchen hazards as well as advice on selecting fire alarms and protecting your possessions.  Read the entire article to learn how to best protect yourself and your family from home fires.

Home Insurance Tip

The responsible thing to do is to take all precautions to prevent a fire and prepare your family with a plan of escape in case the unexpected does occur. However, you will also want to be sure that your Homeowners, Renters or Condo insurance policy provides strong coverage for fire damage long before you ever need it. A brief visit with your agent should assure you that you are sufficiently covered for your circumstances.

Relates to: Home insurance, homeowners, renters, condominium, fire prevention, fire safety, house

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