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5 Top Causes of Fire Damage

February 13, 2021

Hundreds of fire incidents are reported every month in the US, causing tens of thousands of injuries and fatalities. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that every 24 seconds, a fire-fighting agency responds to a fire somewhere in the country, and a house fire occurs every 93 seconds.

If you think about it, the victims of these events wouldn’t have anticipated the trouble. The same applies to you and your property. You never know what lies ahead. To avoid any unforeseen fire events, do your best to prevent fire incidents. Before you can take any precautionary steps, it's important to understand the underlying reasons for fire cases. To help you out, we’ll discuss the most common causes of fire damage in this post.

1. Cooking

According to NFPA, cooking activities caused an average of 172,900 house fires per year between 2014 and 2018. An average of 550 deaths, 4,820 injuries, and over $1 billion of property damage resulted from these incidents each year. Thus, it’s no wonder that cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries in the US.

If you dig deeper, leaving food unattended in the kitchen is one of the major causes of cooking fires. Oftentimes, we forget to remove the items from the stove or oven. By the time the smell alerts us, it’s already too late. Ideally, you should never leave the cooking food unattended. If you have to have to leave the kitchen for some reason, have someone else attend the food or set a timer that will notify when the item needs to be removed from the stovetop.

Also, you may not know, but many items in your kitchen are highly flammable and should be kept away from the running burners and ovens. These include towels, pot holders, plastic bags, paper products, etc. When placed close to the oven or stove that's on, these items can easily trigger a fire outbreak.

2. Electrical Failures

There are many ways in which an electrical failure can lead to a fire incident. Many residents don’t know how to use electricity correctly and safely. Overloading an extension cord, an outlet, or a power strip is another common mistake that results in fires. You should be aware of how much load an outlet and cord can handle and use them accordingly.

On top of that, electrical fixtures tend to deteriorate over time. An electrical appliance with a frayed wire or that has turned faulty can trigger fire as soon as you plug them. The same can be said about faulty light fixtures and bad wires or circuits. To ensure safety, you should regularly inspect the condition of light fixtures and electrical wires and address any issues as soon as you spot them.

3. Smoking Indoors

Both residential and commercial spaces remain under significant fire threat due to smoking habits. If you’re a smoking addict, you will probably limit the practice to smoking areas in your office and avoid smoking in public, but will freely pursue the habit in your bedroom. This can be more dangerous than you think. According to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, fires that originated in the bedrooms are responsible for 73% of all house fire fatalities.

If you forget to put out a cigarette before putting it into an ashtray and the butt stays alit for several hours, it can burst into flames if a flammable object comes into contact with it. This could mean a simple curtain blown by the wind toward the ashtray. In a matter of minutes, all your possessions in the room can be set on fire.

Thus, no matter what, you should never smoke inside your home or in indoor commercial spaces. Go out in open air or designated smoking areas; or if possible, quit smoking entirely.

4. Candles

Traditional candles are an awesome way to decorate spaces for celebrations, but they aren't safe. They are one of the reasons why house fires peak during Thanksgiving and Christmas. It only takes a minor error to cause the candle to fall and put items into flames. Moreover, people forget to blow them off before leaving the candle-lit spaces, putting the area in grave danger.

To avoid candled fires, it's best to use battery-operated candles instead of traditional candles. These flameless candles look exactly the same but run on batteries.

If you continue to use traditional candles, keep flammable items such as tissue boxes, books, and curtains away from them. More importantly, make sure to blow out the candles before leaving the room.

5. Heating

Commonly used in the northern US states where temperatures drop below freezing levels, heating systems are among the most common causes of fire damage. Since winters tend to be longer in these states, heating appliances are used extensively. If not used with caution, space heaters and portable heaters can be extremely dangerous.

These heaters are certainly convenient as they can be moved wherever you want, but this very feature can bring them closer to flammable objects such as furniture. For safe use, restrict heating appliances to safe areas and avoid moving them too often.

Closing Thoughts

To sum it up, fire incidents can be highly traumatic for homeowners. People spend so much time saving for their dream home. A single fire occurrence can break everything apart, causing loss of life, property, and belongings. In the worst-case scenario, the entire property can be shattered into ashes.

To avoid this, it’s best to implement proper preventive measures. The above-explained causes of fire damage can help you make your property fireproof.

If you still experience a fire incident, immediately seek professional fire damage restoration services. A+ Renewz is here to deliver highly effective fire damage remediation services. Regardless of the complexity of the problem, our highly trained experts are dedicated to returning your space to its pre-incident condition.

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