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Homeowners need to protect their investment

Posted On Fri, October 8, 2010

A home is a major investment and people should do whatever they can to protect it. Fires are just one natural element that can destroy a house. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association says there were 399,000 home fires in 2007.

Installing smoke detectors is an inexpensive way for families to help prevent losing loved ones or a house to a fire. Detecting a fire early can give a family precious time needed to escape a blaze and notify the fire department.

MetLife Auto and Home chief claim officer Mike Convery says having one smoke detector may not be enough depending on the size of a home.

"It's recommended that households have one on every level, in every bedroom, and in the halls outside of sleeping areas," says Convery. "An easy way to remember when to change smoke detectors is when you reset the clocks for daylight saving time."

In addition to installing smoke detectors, people should also invest in home insurance. Such coverage can help a family replace their home and belongings in the event of a fire.

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