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3 Common Causes of Household Fires to Look Out For

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fire protection serviceThe threat of fire is one that every homeowner worries about. However, there are some common causes of fire hazards within the home that often get overlooked. Keep an eye out for these common culprits to minimize the risk of fire in the home.

  1. Candles
    While candles may be nice for some relaxing ambiance in the home, when left unattended they pose a huge risk. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended candles caused about 25 house fires every day back in 2013. To prevent this, as a rule of thumb you should always avoid the use of candles in the bedroom, don’t burn candles all the way down, and keep candles at least one foot away from anything that can burn.
  2. Problems with heating equipment
    Space heaters are quite a popular accessory in many homes; however, they can pose quite a problem if they are insufficiently wired or misused. One of the biggest causes of heating equipment overuse is when a homeowner uses their oven to heat their home as this can easily spark a fuse if left on for too long. Additionally, always make sure to turn off portable heaters before you go to sleep and when you leave the home.
  3. Lack of fire alarm inspections
    Homeowners beware: just because you have a fire alarm, doesn’t mean that it is functioning as it should be. A common cause of residential fires is due to a faulty fire alarm, so make it a habit to religiously check your fire alarm every month for working batteries. This is one of the biggest fire protection services you can do for your home, so please be diligent.
  4. While these three culprits are behind many home fires, there are also plenty of other common causes of home fires out there. This is why any homeowner should invest in fire sprinkler installation and proper fire alarm design for their home as a way to prevent the worst from happening. In fact, using the combination of automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in all buildings, both residential and commercial, can reduce the overall injuries, loss of life, and property damage by 50%.

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