Insurance’s are designed to help cover loss during a dissaster. Having a good Insurance package that can cover all aspects of your home is crucial. Here is a list which we have put together that can help you identify any risks or potential hazard in your home.
Fires can be catastrophic with overwhelming consiquences in just a matter of minutes. They can be easily prevented with a few simple measures and checks. Please follow the list to ensure that you minimise the chances of a fire in your home:
“Did you know, Just over half of home heating fire resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.”
- Smoke Alarms are cheap and very easy to install, You are 4 times more likely to survive a fire if you have a functioning smoke alarm. Do not forget to test your smoke alarm regulary and change the battery if required.
- All Appliences should have an CE marking for safety standards.
- Old Cooking Appliences Should Be In Good Condition: You should make sure that old cooking appliences are well looked after and are in good working condition. Many fires start each and every year due to heating equipment that hasn’t been maintained.
- During winters, electrical heaters can be often useful to quickly warm up, but they must be kept clear of any sheets, window curtains or any other ignitable materials.
For additional fire prevention and knowladge, please visit your local fire services for free advice. If you have had a home fire, click here to see how Oakleafe Claims can help you.
Although we cannot control the weather. There are still many things which we can do so that we can reduce the risks, or even prevent some of the portential problems that might occure during bad weather.
- Clear Guttering : During a stormy weather a clogged gutter can potentially cause problems on your roof that can lead to leaks.
- Plumbing should be in good condition to prevent pipes from freezing with the potential of a burst pipe and escape of water.
- Broken or loose roof tiles should be fixed as this can prevent leaks and potentially prevent other tiles from breaking during a bad storm.
- All Entrances are secured and avoid leaving a spare key under a door mat or somewhere hidden.
- Fences and other Entrances are well maintained, broken or unmaintained entrances can open up vulnerabilities.
- High Value Items like Jewellery are kept in a safe or out of sight.
- Consider CCTV and/or Smart Home Security Systems – Just the sight of camera or the alarm is enough to deture most thiefs.
Engage a Loss Assessor:
Loss Assessors are independent Insurance Claim experts who can take the stress away from your claim. They work for you the policyholder, and only you. Using their expertise knowledge in Flood Damage, Impact Damage, Fire Insurance Claims and Theft Insurance Claims, they have the skills to handle your Insurance Claim from the beginning to your pre-loss condition. Loss Assessors will aim to get everything you are entitled to. It is important to engage a Loss Assessor as early as possible as they can ensure the entire process proceeds in the correct manner and your claim is not prejudiced negatively.
Fire Fact Source: http://www.firstalert-online.co.uk/fire-safety-facts/