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Here are a few ideas from some claims we see here in San Diego. While you cannot prevent all claims, there are certain things you can do to minimize the inconvenience of major problems.

• Dryer vents. Homes and condos that have indoor laundry areas have piping that vents the hot dryer air to the outside. Over time these vents get clogged with lint and may build-up to the point where it becomes a flashpoint for fire. Get your vent checked and cleaned on a periodic basis.
• Washing machine hoses. All washing machines have hoses that typically connect to hot and cold water receptacles. Original equipment hoses (usually black or gray rubber) have a useful life of two to five years before they fail. When they fail water is forcefully sprayed out as there is considerable water pressure. You can imagine the damage caused if this happens you when are not home or your laundry room is on the second floor. We urge you to consider replacing these hoses with metal-braided hoses found at your local hardware store.
• Small appliances. Appliances like space heaters, toasters, coffee makers and toaster ovens are a frequent cause of home fires. We recommend never using these when no one is home and unplugging them when not in use.
• Periodic safety inspections. Most commercial business and homeowner associations conduct annual safety inspections; why not do one for your own home?
• Routine Maintenance. You can keep your home in a safe condition by regularly maintaining your home. Keeping everything in a safe, working condition saves you money over the long-term. Consider using a reliable home inspector every few years to identify areas that could turn into a problem.

Here are a few useful links for homeowners:
HOME SECURITY
http://www.sandiego.gov/police/prevention/homesec.shtml

HOME MAINTENANCE
http://www.demesne.info/Home-Maintenance/

HOME SAFETY
http://www.sandiego.gov/fireandems/safety/tips.shtml

CELL PHONE ALERT SYSTEM
http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/oes/ready/signup.html

PET DISASTER PLAN
http://www.sddac.com/pet_disaster_plan.asp

POOL SAFETY
http://www.aap.org/family/tipppool.htm

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