Top 5 Causes of House Fires

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1. Kitchen & Cooking
Stats: 164,500 residential cooking fires occur each year, and account for 40-45% of all residential building fires.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of residential building fires. Most fires happen when an oven or a stove is left unattended, people are distracted, or a pot or pan overheats – it only takes a few seconds for a fire to start.

2. Heating Equipment

Stats: 50,100 heating fires occur each year, and 30% of heating fires occur because clothes, curtains, blankets etc. are too close to the heat source.

Heating fires are the second leading cause of fires. Keep combustibles such as curtains, blankets, and furniture at least three feet away from any heat source, and turn off portable heaters when you leave the room.

3. Electrical Equipment

Stats: 28,300 residential building electrical fires cause 360 deaths and 1,000 injuries each year. 47% of residential building electrical fires are caused by faulty wiring.

15% of residential electrical fires start in the bedroom but check your whole house for frayed cords, loose plugs, and overloaded extension cords and outlets. If possible, consult your electrician before starting any electrical projects.

An estimated 15,600 homes are damaged each year due to clothes dryer fires, with the leading cause being lint built-up inside the dryer or in the exhaust duct.

4. Candles
Stats: 23,600 residential fires are caused by candles and cost 165 lives and 1525 injuries each year.

Keep candles out of reach of children and away from curious pets. Place lit candles on an even surface and only use properly-sized candle holders. Never leave candles unattended; make sure they are fully extinguished before you leave the room.

5. Christmas Trees/Decorations
Stats: 11,600 fires require a fire department response each year, and result in 250 injuries and 40 fatalities.

Keep the tree moist; preferably leave it in a bucket of water. Keep the tree and decorations away from any heat sources, and check the plugs and cords of any decorative lights before you string them on the tree. Always use electric lights on and near the tree; never candles.

All-Guard Alarm Systems, Inc. – Protecting Northern California from Intrusion and Fire since 1952

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