Preventing Kitchen Fires

According to the American Red Cross, kitchen fires are the leading cause for structure damage and/or total loss. Research based on property claims show that fires are more likely to start in your kitchen than any other room and 90% of them are preventable.

As a preferred homeowners insurance company we know that dealing with this is not only stressful but tragic. We would like to provide you with some tips on ways to prevent and avoid ever having to deal with this situation:

  • Check your smoke alarms regularly and change batteries every year
  • Never leave your stove top unattended as 40% of all kitchen fires occurred while food was still in the pot/pan
  • Always heat oil, water or any substance slowly and be vigilant of your heat controls
  • Never put hot oil or fatty liquids in water as it will make thick smoke and can cause damage to surrounding areas
  • Keep appliances and flammable products such as lighters, cartons, etc. away from the stove top
  • Always use your air vent to help heat and smoke escape safely
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and check expiration date on it
  • If a grease fire starts, do NOT attempt to put it out with water, this will combust and become a very dangerous situation. Instead, cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet, turn off the heat.  If you can’t cover it, dump a cup or more of baking soda on it.

We hope these tips were useful in helping you prevent such a devastating situation. For more information visit redcross.org/homefires

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Firework Safety

Next week, we will gather with family and friends to celebrate our Independence Day!  We wanted to wish you a Happy Fourth while reminding you of some firework safety tips. Did you know that many cities prohibit the purchase and launch of fireworks?  If you are within a city that permits it and choose to partake, be sure to not launch fireworks near your home or brush areas, and retreat to a safe distance after igniting the fireworks. Remember to always make sure adults are present and that fireworks do not get into the hands of children.  Following these tips will ensure a safe and happy holiday season for all!

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BBQ Safety

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Barbeque season is upon us! Are you and your family familiar with BBQ safety tips? Didyou know that you should never place a barbeque near your home or by brush? Have you taught children to not touch the hot grills or for family members to not leave the BBQ unattended? Do you know you aren’t supposed to use a grill indoors or throw away warm coals? Please share the colorful BBQ Safety infographic below with your family and we wish you a safe and fun summer season!

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Fire Claims Video

These real-life claims, from families in Middletown, CA and Coffey Park, CA, were processed and completed with love, care and dedication. Thank you to our valued agents, adjusters and the talented contractors who made these stories end on a positive note.  We thank you for letting us protect you and your home and look forward to offering continued quality service in the years to come!

Fire Preparedness

In honor of the recent deadly fires that ravaged Southern California, we kindly remind you to brush up on your fire safety preparedness tips. Check out a Fire Prevention & Safety Checklist created by the Red Cross. We have created a video highlighting how Western Mutual has helped our customers rebuild in the face of destruction and will share it with you in the coming weeks! Be sure to check back soon! We thank you for letting us protect you and your home!

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