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Kreidler offers wildfire preparation tips to Washington residents

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June 19, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler urges Washington state residents to be prepared for wildfires by offering some tips for insurance consumers.

“Washington’s wildfire season started in March this year, and most of Western Washington is experiencing a drought emergency,” said Kreidler. “It’s important to be prepared, no matter what part of our state you live in.” 

Homeowner insurance covers damage from fires, but it is important to check your policy limits to make sure you have enough coverage to replace your possessions and repair or rebuild your property. Certain valuables, including jewelry, fine art and high-end electronics, may have limited coverage under your homeowner policy, so you may want to ask about special coverage for them. Create a home inventory now, which will make filing a claim easier if you ever need to.  

“As residents go through the important process of reviewing their insurance coverage, it’s also a good time to look at the space around their homes and out-buildings to identify and remove dry, highly flammable debris to create a more fire-resistant and defensible perimeter on their property,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. 

Here are some resources for people in Washington: