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  • Writer's pictureMarty Walt

"How to Safeguard Your Home with Effective Loss Prevention Strategies"

As spring approaches, wildfire season becomes a concern for many Oregon residents. Here at Choices Insurance, we want to empower you to protect your home and property. This month, we're focusing on defensible space, a critical strategy to mitigate wildfire risk.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers valuable resources on creating and maintaining a defensible space around your home. This zone reduces flammable materials near your dwelling, creating a barrier against approaching wildfires.

Key Actions:

  • Clear Brush & Debris: Remove dead leaves, branches, and other flammable materials within 30 feet of your home.

  • Maintain Lawns and Landscaping: Keep your lawn mowed and landscaping trimmed, reducing potential fuel sources.

  • Harden Your Home: Consider using fire-resistant materials for decks, fences, and roofing.


  • Reduced Fire Risk: A defensible space creates a buffer zone, potentially slowing the spread of a wildfire and allowing firefighters to work more effectively.

  • Lower Insurance Costs: Some insurers offer discounts to homeowners who take steps like creating a defensible space.


Preventing Water Damage and Saving Money

Rising deductibles and contractor backlogs can make water damage a costly headache. Thankfully, smart home water monitoring systems offer a powerful solution. These systems can detect leaks early, potentially preventing major damage and saving you money.

Water Leak Detection Systems:

These systems use sensors to detect water leaks as soon as they occur, allowing for a quick response to minimize potential damage.


  • Early Detection: Immediate notification of a leak allows for swift action to shut off the water source.

  • Reduced Damage: Early intervention can prevent extensive damage to flooring, walls, and personal belongings.

  • Lower Repair Costs: By stopping leaks quickly, you can potentially avoid costly repairs and replacements.

  • Potential Insurance Discounts: Some insurers offer discounts for homeowners who install and maintain water leak detection systems.

We encourage you to discuss loss prevention strategies with your Choices Insurance agent.  We can help you identify areas of risk and explore ways to mitigate them, potentially lowering your insurance costs.

Resources for Research:

While we cannot endorse any specific brand or system, here are some resources to help you learn more about water leak detection technology:


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