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Most Common Causes of House Fires

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

You hear stories on the news about fires starting in homes. You may have seen a home fire firsthand in your neighborhood. The results of these incidents are tragic and costly. Although some accidents can occur despite your best efforts at prevention, knowing the most frequent fire causes in the home can help you prepare effectively and reduce your risk of facing this emergency.

Smoking

Not only is smoking cigarettes hazardous to your health, but this habit is one of the biggest causes of blazes in homes. If you or any other people that live with you smoke, follow these important guidelines:

  • Smoke outside.
  • Always put out a cigarette in an ashtray.
  • Keep ashtrays up high and out of reach of children and pets.

Cooking

When it comes to a home fire, the kitchen is frequently the starting point. When you prepare meals on the stove, always stay in the kitchen while the burners are on. Keep flammable objects well away from the range. Do not forget to turn off the burners and the oven when you are finished cooking.

Candles

People love candles for the ambiance they can create. Scented candles are also popular. Unfortunately, these can be dangerous and lead to necessary fire cleaning from a professional disaster restoration team. Never leave a candle burning while you are away from home. Do not let the candle burn down too far before replacing it. In addition, keep candles out of reach of younger members of your household and stay mindful of nearby objects that could catch fire.

Furnace

When it is cold outside, you love the comfort your furnace can provide. However, faulty units can be a firestarter. Have a professional inspect your furnace and heating system at least once a year. Do not put off maintenance or replacements.

Avoid a home fire and its devastating consequences. Be mindful of these causes so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

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