Refinancing can be a great strategy to save money or reach other financial goals. It is equally important to make sure your home provides a “safe haven” for you and your family for many years to come.
With that in mind, here are some useful tips on fire prevention.
• Install smoke detectors on every level, especially outside bedrooms. Test them regularly and change the batteries at least once a year.
• Have an escape plan. Everyone should be aware of two ways to exit each room to avoid walking through smoke. If that’s your only option, crawl close to the floor, where the air is cooler and cleaner.
• Establish an outside meeting place where everyone will go if evacuation is necessary.
• Make sure your home address is clearly visible from the street, so emergency vehicles can locate you quickly.
• Create a 30-foot safety zone around your house that’s free of flammable vegetation.
• Keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen and garage, and be sure everyone knows how to use them.
• Clear the roof and gutters of leaves, needles and dried twigs.
• Store firewood away from the house.
I hope you find these tips useful and pass them along to your friends and family. And, if you know anyone in need of a mortgage advisor, feel free to relay my contact information. I’m here to help!