As cold weather lingers in the region, Georgia's insurance commissioner, Ralph Hudgens, has decided to offer consumers tips to avoid fires. Hudgens says the leading cause of residential fires in Georgia is heating equipment. Heaters should kept away from bedding, curtains and other flammables. In addition, appliances that burn fuel and heaters should be given enough ventilation to reduce the risk of excess carbon monoxide.
People who use a kerosene heater should place an automatic shut off switch in case the heater tips over. Additionally, people should use K1 kerosene rather than gasoline because it can cause an explosion. An adequate number of smoke alarms and rehearsing a family escape plan ensures the safety of families. In 2015, fires have killed 25 Georgians so far. The advance warning of a smoke alarm could save lives. Nine in 10 victims of a fire are dead before the fire department can be called. What is the lead cause of death in a fire? The smoke and toxic gases.
For the family escape plan, each room, but bedrooms especially should rehearse two escape routes. With all heaters, wait until it has cooled off before taking it out for refueling. This not only ensures fire safety, it ensures that the person carrying the heater does not get burned if they accidentally drop it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
Homeowners should carefully document each of their items for homeowner's insurance purposes. Giving proof of the items lost in a fire gives the victims assurance that they will be replaced. More than 80 percent of Georgia burn deaths occur because of home fires, so it can be helpful to understand how to avoid them. Always be sure to have adequate homeowners insurance to protect from the event of a fire. A consultation with an insurance agent can help a person to find the proper coverage.
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