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Fire extinguishers, smoke
detectors, & fire resistant
building materials will all
help to reduce premiums


Although homeowners insurance is usually full of exclusions - including war, terrorism, and natural disasters - protection against fire in most home insurance policies remains a basic area of coverage.

Yet there are many ways homeowners can decrease the costs of fire insurance premiums by planning ahead with measures to protect against fire.

For instance, if you're buying a new home, ask if it includes fire-resistant building materials,

If one hasn't already been included, be sure to install a smoke detector or home security system that protects against burglary and fires.

If the area in which you live is prone to wildfires, retrofitting your home's building materials and landscaping may also qualify you for a discounted premium.

For obvious reasons, you'll also be offered a discount on premiums if you live within 1,000 feet of a water hydrant, or near a town fire department. However, expect to pay higher premiums if you live in a rural area where volunteer fire departments have to travel long distances to your home in the event of a fire.

Since most insurance companies will assume that retirees are more likely to be at home more often throughout the day (and can spot a fire sooner than those who go to work) senior or retiree fire insurance applicants can also expect to pay less.

On the Web, find out more about reducing insurance costs, facts on fire insurance law, how to protect against wildfires in rural areas - plus other tips, advice, and information on getting the right amount of fire insurance for your home or business...

also see -> Flood insurance information | Hurricane insurance

More facts & information about fire insurance around the Web: - Comprehensive guide to protecting your home against wildfires and reducing insurance premiums with tips on building materials, landscaping and other safety hints.

Wildfire: Insurance when all is lost - Archived CNN Money report on 2003 California wildfires and home insurance issues, advice on keeping a home inventory of possessions, what victims may collect, and links to related stories.

Fire Insurance Law - Good overview at what happens at the fire scene, the insurance adjusters role, instances when a lawyer or private investigator may be called in cases of suspected arson, and details on background investigation of the insured.

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