You've heard the old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Nowhere is this more true than in protecting your home from fire. Use these simple guidelines to help protect yourself, your family, and your home from potential disaster.

Stay aware of the plants growing on walls, fences, and surrounding your home. Check to make sure vines and branches aren't too near any electrical wires. Anything growing near a chimney should be consistently trimmed and evaluated from time to time. As branches die off and weeds and grasses dry out, be sure to remove any easily flammable material.

Make sure you have smoke detectors installed and working at all times. These simple and relatively cheap alarms can alert you and your family in the event of a fire in your home.  While they may not stop the fire, they can help ensure the safety of you and your family and assist you in limiting any damage done to the structure of the house.

Keep a fire extinguisher or two around the house.  It is a good idea to have at least one in the kitchen, where many house fires may start, but having them located in multiple areas will increase your odds of being able to stop a beginning fire no matter where around your house it starts.

Have a plan.  In the event of a fire, nothing is more important than the safety of you and your family.  Your home insurance will cover fire damage to the structure of your home and the contents within but nothing will replace your loved ones. To best protect everyone within the house, make sure everyone knows what the fastest way out of the house is and any alternate routes that can be taken.  Designate a meeting spot so that everyone can come together and be assured of the safety of one another.

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