The 4 Most Common Causes of Home Fires
Home fires can occur at any time and, no matter the amount of damage, are always devastating for the property owner. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 355,400 U.S. home fires are reported each year. Understanding the most common causes can help you take the necessary steps to prevent them from wreaking havoc in your home. And when we are all aware of the potential causes, we can work together to make our homes and communities a safer place. Take into account the following sources of home fires:
The kitchen is the one place in a home where heat, electricity, water, and grease combine, making it the perfect place to spark a home fire. Kitchen fires are often cooking-related, usually due to someone leaving the oven or stove unattended or if grease catches fire.
Faulty wiring, appliances, breaker boxes, and the overuse of extensions cords can easily cause an electrical fire within a home. These types of fires often occur in older homes, as their wiring is often not up to par with the number of electric appliances used today.
Portable heaters can also be to blame for sparking home fires, as they can easily ignite nearby combustible items such as curtains, furniture, clothing, etc. Chimney fires also occur during the winter due to the build-up of an extremely combustible substance called creosote.
Smoking fires kill approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. annually. Most of these fires are sparked by cigarette embers that are not fully extinguished and which ignite nearby items.
If you have experienced the overwhelming destruction and inconvenience of a home fire, Menold's fire damage restoration specialists are on call 24/7 to help you restore your home, your belongings, and your life. Give us a call today at 877-636-6537 or visit our website for more information on how we can make your situation better.