House fires are very scary for a homeowner and its residents. Besides the fact of possibly losing a loved one, home fires also cause billions of dollars in damages each year and many of them can be prevented. According to insurance companies and the National Fire Protection Association, the 5 most common causes of home fires and how to prevent them are listed below.
Unattended cooking is a leading cause of home fires. Grease from frying is especially prone to start fires. Make sure any flammable materials are away from the cooking area and be sure to follow cooking directions.
Candles are very popular but still are a leading cause in home fires. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Be sure that candle holders are on sturdy surfaces and blow them out before going to sleep or leaving the area the candle is located. Always make sure candles are away from flammable materials and also be aware of pets in the home possibly knocking over a candle.
3) Electrical and Lighting
Make sure a qualified electrician has handled your electrical needs. This is critical to preventing electrical fires. Always replace any damaged cords to any electrical appliance and be careful not to overburden outlets with plugs. Unplug anything that is not in use or does not need to be plugged in all the time.
4) Clothes Dryers
Keeping your lint trap clean and making sure the vent is not blocked is critical in avoiding a fire. Make it a practice to clean the lint trap after every load you’ve dried.
Believe it or not, smoking is still a leading cause of home fires. Be sure that cigarette buds are put out completely before leaving a residence or area in the home. Upholstered furniture and bedding are the main sources of flammable material that cigarettes start on fire.
Take time to educate yourself, then plan to prevent a home fire by following the easy tips above. If you do find yourself in a situation needing help to remediate and restore your property after a fire, please call us at 920.435.2288. For more information on our fire restoration services, please see our link: https://ccspps.com/fire-restoration/.