The best way that Virginia residents can protect themselves financially from a house fire is to obtain proper Virginia homeowners insurance, but only preparation and preventative measures can help people avoid these hazards altogether.
Petersburg, VA (PRWEB) November 13, 2011
The team at William H. Talley & Son, Inc. knows that the winter months are prime time for house fires. After all, with all the home heating and holiday cooking going on, it’s no wonder that a slight slip-up by a homeowner can lead to a potentially serious house fire. The best way that Virginia residents can protect themselves financially from a house fire is to obtain proper Virginia homeowners insurance, but only preparation and preventative measures can help people avoid these hazards altogether.
In light of the approaching winter months, the experts at William H. Talley & Son would like to offer the following tips on how to prevent house fires:
- Have chimneys and furnaces inspected and cleaned at least once annually, preferably at the start of winter.
- Avoid using accelerants to ignite fires.
- Keep combustible materials away from a fire. These can include couch cushions and other furnishings, which are often made of highly flammable materials.
- Avoid using space heaters when possible. If their use is required, ensure that they have at least a 3-foot clearance.
- Ensure that lint filters in clothes dryers are cleaned out regularly. A significant amount of Virginia homeowners insurance claims stem from clothes dryer mishaps.
- Everyone is busy during the holidays, but homeowners need to take the time to ensure that their festive decorations are not threatening their safety at home. Christmas trees that dry out because they are not watered properly can be serious fire hazards. In addition, people should use caution when powering holiday lights and refrain from using multiple extension cords or overloading electrical circuits.
The team at William H. Talley & Son knows that it can be difficult to keep track of all the potential hazards surrounding the use of heating appliances. Even with Virginia homeowners insurance in place, local residents need to take necessary precautions when heating their homes and using electrical devices during the winter months.
About William H. Talley & Son, Inc.:
Established in 1905, William H. Talley & Son has a long history with VA insurance. Five generations of the Talley family have now provided full service insurance coverage to the Virginia community – we live for insurance. At William H. Talley & Son, we have operated as a family run VA insurance business for over 100 years. We have a firm belief that treating our customers with the respect of a family member is the only acceptable way to treat a customer. Selecting an insurance policy can be a daunting task, and we want you to feel comfortable in our ability to match you with the best plan possible.