• Turn off the water supply valves to the washing machine when it is not in use.
  • Disconnect all outside hoses before the first frost.
  • Maintain and test smoke detectors twice a year, replacing the batteries when the time changes in Spring and Fall. Have a planned escape route for all members of the family or business and practice, practice, practice.
  • Never leave cooking unattended; keep a fire extinguisher (1A 10BC rating) in the kitchen, next to an exit door.
  • Before starting a wood or gas fire, be sure the damper is open.
  • Service your furnace and un-vented gas logs annually.
  • Clean the chimney of a wood burning stove or fireplace regularly.
  • Place burning candles on only nonflammable surfaces far from flammable objects.
  • Never leave a candle burning unattended.
  • Trim candle wicks to ¼ inch before lighting to reduce the quantity of soot emitted.
  • If you are gone from home more than a few days, have someone visit periodically.
  • Don’t smoke indoors, and never smoke in bed.
  • Know your emergency contact phone numbers, i.e.: 911 where appropriate.
  • Even in the most careful of households, disasters happen. When they do, it is important to avoid health risks, accident risks and the potential of additional damage by contacting a restoration professional immediately.