Common House Fire Causes & How to Avoid Them

As homeowners, we try to make our home comfortable, cozy and safe for our families. Unfortunately, with all of the appliances, systems and wiring in our homes, sometimes that means we’re at an increased risk for fires.

With a little bit of vigilance and care, you can avoid these common causes of house fires.

Home Heating

It’s no surprise that the coldest months of the year are also the months in which fires are most likely. Home heating appliances, especially portable space heaters, are the main source of house fires. When used properly, they shouldn’t be cause for concern, but it’s important to keep them away from furniture, drapes and other fabrics like throw blankets as these pose a fire risk. You should also have your furnace and central heating checked every season to ensure it’s operating properly and won’t cause a fire.

Fireplaces & Wood Stoves

Next time you decide to get cozy by the fire or wood stove this season, make sure you’re aware of any fire risks. You should always have a spark screen or glass door installed in front of a fireplace, as this can protect the surrounding area from sparks and rolling logs. It’s also important to have your fireplace inspected every year to ensure there’s no creosote buildup. Never leave a fireplace or wood stove unattended.

Electrical & Appliance Cords

Over time, the cords on your electronics and appliances can become frayed. This isn’t just an unsightly nuisance, it’s one of the leading causes of house fires. Make sure you’re keeping an eye on cords and replacing any damaged ones immediately. You should also be vigilant about light switches and electrical outlets; if they’re hot to the touch, they should be switched off immediately and inspected by an electrician.

Candles

‘Tis the season for apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice candles! Candles are a great way to add ambience to your home in the colder seasons, and are a staple at many holiday dinners and parties. But like fireplaces, it’s important not to leave them unattended. Keep lit candles away from books, blankets, sheets, curtains and other fabrics. You can also purchase flameless candles for more peace of mind.

Flammable Liquids & Fuels

As we pack up our outdoor spaces in preparation for the colder months, it’s important to make sure flammable liquids and fuels are stored properly. Gasoline, kerosene and propane should be stored outside in their original containers, and any gas or fuel in lawn mowing equipment should be emptied and disposed of properly before storing the equipment for the winter. Make sure you’re keeping kerosene and propane heaters in well-ventilated areas, and always clean up spills immediately.

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