Home Fire Safety: 3 Causes of Residential Fires You Might Be Ignoring

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fire extinguishersFires are among the most common causes of damage to properties and even death across America. Residential fires, for example, claim not only homes, but also thousands of lives each year. Homeowners can prevent these blazes if they know about the risks and potential causes.

Most people tend to ignore simple problems and act only when the situation worsens. The same is true with residential fires. While you can have peace of mind by having good quality fire extinguishers ready at home, it’s still important to pay attention to simple details. What you don’t know can kill you, and turn your property into ashes. Here are some of the causes of home fires most homeowners overlook.

Fire in the Kitchen

Bad things can happen if you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing when in the kitchen. If you leave your kitchen while cooking, chances are you’ll forget that you were cooking until you smell burnt food, or worse, hear an explosion. It may be surprising, but some fires start on electric stoves. Even if there aren’t any open flames, there’s always the possibility that you might forget to turn or plug them off.

Too Much Heat Can Kill You

Space heaters are useful during the winter months, but they can also start a fire and put your life in danger. These devices need space, so keep all combustible materials at least three feet away. Do not place your space heater near sources of water or moisture to avoid electrical shock.

Children Playing with Matches and Lighters

Statistics show that nearly 70,000 fires occur every year because of children playing with flammable items left unattended. If you want to preserve your home and everything inside it, don’t ever let your children experiment with matches and lighters.

You can prevent fires by being careful and observant. It also pays to have enough fire extinguishers in your home so you can deal with emergencies effectively.

About the author

Lillian Johnson

finished a degree in journalism at a known university in California. She now works in Houston for a local magazine.