House fires happen more often than you think. Last year alone the U.S. fire departments reported responding to about 1,240,000 fires resulting in about $11.5 billion in property loss and 3,240 deaths. To protect your property and your family, here is a list of the most common causes of house fires:
The number one cause of home fires is cooking. These fires happen when food is left unattended on the stove, in the oven or on the grill. In fact, 5,700 grill fires happen in the four summer months of May, June, July and August. When you are cooking, boiling, frying, grilling or baking be sure you have a clear space to work in with no over hangs or objects like dishrags nearby that could catch fire.
Air Conditioning and Heater Fires
Most often, these fires are caused from inadequate wiring which forces the units to deal with heavy electrical loads and results in short circuits and other electrical malfunctions. Check your air condition and heaters before each season to make sure the wiring isn’t damaged and can function properly.
Fires caused from smoking are the leading cause of fatal fires and the majority of these fires start inside. If you are a smoker, be sure you smoke safely. Be aware of where you are when you put your butt out and make sure that the butt is completely smoldered.
Arson fires are the third-leading cause of fire injuries and fatalities. These fires usually occur around the summer months and peak around the Fourth of July. Make sure to store matches and fireworks in a safe location and out of the reach of children.
When we know what causes these fires, we are better able to prevent and prepare for this type of emergency situation. Unfortunately, accidents happen and that’s why we are here to help make things right again. We specialize in fire damage cleanup and smoke and odor removal to help you recover from a fire disaster.