8 Danger Zones that Could Threaten Your Home

8 Danger Zones that Could Threaten Your Home

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods grab all the headlines, but your home is way more vulnerable to house fires (which occur in the U.S. every 82 seconds) and water damage. Of course, if you live in a hurricane, flood, or tornado prone area, do take special precautions. But here are 8 areas everyone should look at to avoid serious damage from fire and water.

1. Gutters. Clogged gutters can cause major water damage when they overflow, letting water pool around the foundation and leak into the basement.

2. Washing Machine. A burst inlet hose will send water gushing into your laundry room. Use braided steel hose, instead of rubber ones, and inspect regularly for leaks and loose connections.

3. Gas Grill. Fires can start from a leaky gas supply hose, or if a grill is placed in an enclosed porch or too close to the home’s siding. Check the supply hose regularly for cracks and replace when worn. Locate your grill at least 10 feet away from the house in an area with no overhead obstructions.

4. Wiring. Fires can start when bad wires short out. Symptoms include: frequent blowing of fuses or tripping of circuit breakers; flickering lights; and a tingling feeling when you touch a wall switch or appliance. Think about replacing wiring more than 40 years old. Take out old fuses and circuit breakers and install arc-fault circuit interrupters that cut off the electricity when there’s trouble.

5. Cooktop. Around 40% of home fires start in the kitchen and cooktops are the number one cause. Don’t leave burners unattended when on and store anything that can burn, such as pot holders and paper towels, a good distance away.

6. Fireplace. Most chimney fires are caused by creosote buildup, so have your chimney swept once a year. Sparks can also fly beyond the hearth and ignite furniture or rugs, so always keep the screen closed when using your fireplace.

7. Dryer. Lint can build up inside the cabinet and create a fire hazard near the heating element. Every few months, brush out or vacuum any buildup around the lint filter. Hire a pro to clean out the cabinet every other year.

8. Smoke Detectors. At least once a year, change the batteries and replace units more than 10 years old.

Kristen Zorda
Loan Officer
648 Plank Rd. Suite 203
Clifton Park NY 12065
Office: 518-366-7999
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Orson B.Klender,  Associate Broker

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