Though home fires are more common during the winter, they continue to be one of the biggest risks for homeowners throughout the rest of the year as well. Approximately 400,000 house fires are reported each year, most of which could’ve been prevented. How? Let’s look at three of the most common examples.
1. Candles: Many people enjoy the romantic atmosphere or delightful scents provided by candles. But, if not used with caution, they can easily ignite nearby flammables. In fact, over 30 home fires are caused by candles every day in America.
Prevention: Candles should be placed on a flat, sturdy surface at least three feet away from curtains, furniture and other flammable objects. They should be out of reach of children and pets (you may find electric candles to be more suitable in your home). Extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to sleep.
2. Stovetops: It’s a fast-paced world and it’s easy to get caught up with chores or your children while preparing meals. But don’t let that burner go unwatched! Approximately 58 percent of kitchen fires ignite on or around the cooking range.
Prevention: Always keep a watchful eye on cooking food, particularly pots and pans on the stovetop. Towels, wooden spoons and other flammable items should never rest near a lit burner. Store a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire ignites.
3. Electricity: Not only can electricity shock you, but it can also cause a fire. Faulty wiring and overloaded outlets are the two most common sources of electric fires.
Prevention: If you suspect a problem, hire a professional electrician immediately. Do not try rewiring your own home unless you are trained in electric work. Avoid overloading outlets by using a single surge protector; do not plug an extension cord into a surge protector and so on.
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