2023 Summer Safety Tips

As summer approaches, many homeowners anticipate spending time outside, basking in the warm weather and sunshine. However, when it comes to home security, it is critical not to relax your guard. Don’t let fire, water, or mold damage ruin your summer fun with these safety tips.

Fire Safety

It is imperative that preparations be made in advance as the summer season is drawing near. Here are some suggestions to help you get ready.

  • Having a fire escape plan is an important step, especially if you live in a high-risk area. Practicing your escape plan can help you be ready in case of an emergency.
  • Remove any tree branches that reach within 10 feet of a stove or chimney’s flue entrance.
  • Clean out your roof gutters of branches and leaves to help prevent heavy amounts of flammable items.
  • Make sure that your outdoor hose is attached to an outlet.

Water Safety

Some water damage can be more costly to repair than fire damage. Mold growth is another potential consequence of water damage. The high temperatures of summer make A/C leaks extremely common. Here are some precautions you can take to avoid that.

  • Inspect your home regularly for leaks. This includes checking around your plumbing, appliances, and fixtures for any signs of moisture or water damage.
  • Insulate your pipes. This will help to keep them from freezing in the winter, which can lead to leaks.
  • Have your water heater inspected and serviced regularly. This will help to catch any potential problems before they cause damage.
  • Install a water shutoff valve. This will allow you to quickly turn off the water supply to your home in the event of a leak.