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Pay Attention and Prevent Kitchen Fires

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Even if you’re covered by Maine homeowners insurance, we’re positive you would not want to deal with repairing a home ravaged by fire. A good insurance policy can help take the financial burden out of fixing a fire-damaged home, but it can’t save lives. It may provide that extra incentive to be fire-safe, as fewer claims may mean cheaper insurance, and fire safety precautions may earn insurance discounts.

The kitchen is the most dangerous place in the home for fires, and it’s not hard to see why. Ovens, cooker tops and toasters are just some of the potential fire hazards in the kitchen, not to mention the many electrical cords in most people’s kitchens.

While faulty kitchen appliances are major fire threats, it’s carelessness that is the biggest risk. Preventing a fire in the kitchen means concentrating on the frying pan or grill while the heat is on; ensuring flammable objects such as tea towels are not in the vicinity of the heat, and not wearing loose clothing that can catch alight.

It’s also important to regularly clean anything that produces heat, such as ovens, toasters and grills. The dirtier they are, the more likely they are to spark a fire.

Make sure your Maine homeowners insurance policy will provide sufficient financial coverage for a home fire. A home fire can happen despite your vigilance, and knowing you won’t be financially strained by it can at least give you some peace of mind.

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