Fires are an unfortunate reality of modern life. When a fire happens, it’s important to remember that there are steps you can take before, during, and after the fire to minimize damage and help keep your family safe.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common causes of home fires to help you avoid them.
Cooking and heating are the two biggest causes of home fires. If you want to avoid a kitchen fire, make sure to keep your cooking surfaces clean and well-ventilated, and never leave cooking unattended. Don’t use flammable liquids to clean your stove—liquids like alcohol or turpentine can catch fire very easily.
Faulty Electrical Outlets Or Wiring
Faulty electrical outlets and wiring are one of the most common causes of fires in homes. Loose plugs, frayed cords, or broken switches can lead to sparks that start a fire. Unplugging appliances after use can help prevent this. You should also make sure that you have the right wattage for the appliance. Wattage is listed on the back of many appliances like hair dryers or coffee makers.
To prevent electric fires, keep appliances away from water and heat sources. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using appliances, and do not put them in places where it could come into contact with water while plugged in.
Space heaters are not safe to use in enclosed spaces, and must be kept at least 3 feet away from anything flammable. Space heaters should never be used in bedrooms and should be kept away from children. If you have a space heater, make sure it is properly installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and that the cord has been replaced if damaged or worn out.
You should never smoke in bed, on a couch, or in other places where there are flammable materials. Don’t smoke around oxygen equipment as well. Lighters and matches produce sparks that can easily ignite nearby combustibles such as clothing or curtains.
If you need to smoke, make sure that you do so outside. If possible, smoke in a place where there is no wind. If it’s windy, try to stay away from trees and buildings.
Candles can ignite curtains, carpets, or other flammable items that are near them. If you have candles in your home, keep them away from these types of items, and don’t leave them unattended when lit.For more information on our home fire protection and safety services, contact Edison Fire Protection Company today at 1-800-222-9338.