[Note: In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we talked about keeping your real estate healthy. In Part 3, we highlighted ways to keep you and your family healthy should relocation enter your lives. Now, in art 4, we offer some tips on protecting your investment from fire.]

Property owners take note: Only 37 percent of us have taken any actions to prevent fires in and around their real estate, so says the nonprofit Home Safety Council (HSC). HSC says to consider the following three things: 1) working smoke alarms on each level, 2) a fire escape plan, and 3) an installed fire sprinkler system to control a fire.

It’s a good idea to also consider the following from the HSC to protect your hard-earned investments:

1. Put smoke alarms inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work.

2. Put new batteries in smoke alarms once a year, sooner if the alarm chirps.

3. Make a fire escape plan. Find two exits out of every room.

4. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.

5. Keep BBQ grills at least ten feet away from other objects, including the home and any shrubs or bushes.

6. Only light candles when an adult is in the room.

7. Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.

8. Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher.

9. Space heaters need space. Keep them at least three feet away from things that can burn.

10. If you use gasoline, store only a small quantity in an approved gasoline container.

Protect yourself by protecting your most valued investments

Invest well.

Peace.

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