How much spring maintenance do you do on your home to keep it safe from problems?


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, many residents admit that they don’t clean their gutters, test their smoke alarms or maintain their yards for fire risk as much as they should. Taking these proactive steps now can help save homeowners from expensive repairs or more severe consequences down the road. What about you? How much spring maintenance do you do to prevent problems from happening?

How often do you clean your gutters, or have someone else clean time for you?

Total OR
1034 544 Those who have gutters
33 35 Two + times per year
44 44 About once a year
7 6 About once every two years
12 12 Less often than every two years / Never
4 3 Don’t know

How often do you test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re working properly?

Total OR
1235 622 Those who have smoke alarms
42 41 Two + times per year
39 41 About once a year
5 5 About once every two years
13 12 Less often than every two years / Never
1 1 Don’t know

How often do you clean up the dry grass and brush around the outside perimeter for your home specifically to reduce the likelihood of damage if there’s a fire?

Total OR
922 495 Those who have dry grass/brush
61 61 Two + times per year
24 25 About once a year
3 2 About once every two years
11 10 Less often than every two years / Never
1 2 Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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