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Written by Adam Miller

Although Texas isn't known for its record levels of snow and ice, we do enjoy colder temperatures during the winter months. It's not uncommon for homeowners to use their fireplace, candles, or space heater more often as the temperatures drop, but they can also lead to a rise in home fires. In fact, winter months have the highest rates of fire fatalities because of accidental fires in homes and apartment complexes. It's crucial that homeowners and apartment renters take proactive steps to fireproof their residence to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property. Today's Aegis blog post looks at some simple ways people can fireproof their homes this winter to stay safe.

Be Smart Around Fires

Candles and roaring fireplaces can be incredibly appealing, especially in the chilly winter months. Candles can create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, while fireplaces can offer a romantic or cozy place to curl up with a loved one. However, if you're going to light a candle or fireplace this winter, make sure to do it safely and keep flammable materials away from open flames. Never light candles near papers, fabric, aerosols, or children, and use fireplace screens to prevent embers or sparks from flying out onto furniture, carpeting, or other flammable materials. Also make sure to never leave children or pets unattended near lit candles or fireplaces to prevent accidental fires, injuries, or fatalities.

Test Smoke Detectors

People rely on smoke detectors to let them know if there is smoke or fire in their home, but smoke detectors are only reliable if they're functioning properly. Too often, homeowners have no clue whether their smoke detectors actually work, or if the batteries inside are still good. Ideally, smoke detectors should be tested twice a year, have fresh batteries put in every year, and should be completely replaced every 5-10 years, depending on the make and model. This ensures that you and your loved ones get warned immediately if a fire breaks out so you can safely escape unharmed.

Get Fire Extinguishers

Preparation is a key part of keeping your home and loved ones safe. When it comes to fireproofing your home, having fire extinguishers on hand is an important step. Fire extinguishers offer an immediate and safe method for putting out small fires in any part of the home, garage, or outside area. They can be the difference between a small, quick fire that causes minimal damage, or a raging fire that destroys an entire property, injures others, and causes the loss of life.

Simple fireproofing steps this winter can ensure that you, your loved ones and your personal property are safe from fire and fire-related damages. Aegis is also committed to helping Texas homeowners and renters safe through our full line of Personal Insurance products, including Homeowners Insurance, Renter's Insurance, Auto Insurance, Umbrella Insurance, and Life Insurance. Contact Aegis today at 713-850-7622 for more information, or fill out our online form to request a free Personal Insurance quote!

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