Date Published: 2024/03/27

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Avoid Fire and Water In Your Home

An image of a man and woman sitting in a room. There is a fire with smoke.

There are two things one doesn't want to experience when owning a home: fire and water damage.


Several sources can cause a fire. 

  • Inadequate, damaged wiring 
  • Overloaded power bars
  • Improper handling of cooking oil, leaving the stove unattended, and other cooking dangers
  • Poor care and operation of portable space heaters and fireplaces in winter
  • Unattended candles
  • Cords underneath carpet or rugs
  • Etc.

A reminder

  • Maintain your smoke alarms and ensure batteries are changed twice a year (on each floor of your home).
  • Disconnect small appliances when not in use or on vacation.
  • Remove lint from your dryer after each load as it can ignite when the appliance is in use.
  • Never use a potted plant as an ashtray or to burn incense sticks.


Just like fires, water damage can be a great source of stress and hassle. Here are some causes:

  • Frozen or damaged pipes
  • Leaks from household appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.)
  • Damaged exterior coverings and roofs
  • Heavy downpours causing flooding due to overloading of sewage systems

A reminder

  • Carry out regular maintenance and inspection of your household appliances.
  • Be careful what you flush down the toilet.
  • Make sure there is always someone at home when the dishwasher or washing machine is running.
  • Heat adequately during the winter.
  • Know where the main water line is so you can respond quickly if problems arise.

Finally, always keep your important documents and valuables somewhere other than the basement or in waterproof containers. This will be one less hassle if ever the worst happens.

Source:  Aviva