Tips for a Safe Home This Summer

Summer can be a lovely time after a long winter, and you may want to spend more time outdoors, but there are a few summer risks to your house that you need to fix.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your home and outdoor space safe during summer:

Keep Tools, Appliances, Flammables Safely

  • Don’t leave power tools and electrical appliances lying around, especially near sprinklers and swimming pools.
  • Your fire pit should have at least 10 to 20 feet around it, so you and your guests can move around with ease. Place it 10 to 20 feet away from trees, leaves, and debris.
  • Place your grill at least 10 to 12 feet away from your house, and never inside a breezeway, garage, or on any flammable surface. Thoroughly clean all burners, grates, flame tamers with a wire brush.
  • Summer storms can knock down power lines that can cause fires and damage to your property. If you see a downed power line near your backyard, it’s best to call 911.

Control Pests

  • Use insect and pest control products to prevent bugs from entering your home. Avoid sweet-smelling perfumes, instead, use bug spray.
  • Create a buffer zone around your garden and lawn to prevent ticks. Remove leaves and debris and fill the space with bark or stone mulch.
  • Be sure to empty all sitting water in and around your swimming pool and watering cans, as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.

Follow These Additional Precautions

  • Prevent summer risks by marking any holes near your pool decks, curbs, stairs, and wooden deck areas. Get them fixed to keep them free of water.
  • Watch out for large tree branches that can interfere with the power lines during stormy weather. If there are any dying trees in your backyard, it’s best to get them removed to prevent damage to your home.
  • On driveways, install security and floodlights and motion sensors to prevent your home from burglaries. Use bulbs that keep your driveways well-lit.

These are some summer risks to your house that you need to watch out. Get the best home insurance for added protection to your house. For assistance with all your homeowners insurance needs, contact the experts at the Scavone Insurance Center in White Plains, New York today.

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