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Updated by Lindsey Christiansen on Apr 04, 2013
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4 of the Most Common Causes of House Fires

All over the world, the vast majority of house fires are caused purely by accident; no one intends to set their house on fire, but fires are hard to contain once they have started ravaging. To prevent a fire from consuming your home, listen to the most common causes of house fires and take the precautions necessary.

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Cooking

Cooking

The majority of house fires are caused by cooking-related incidents. Usually, a person causes the fire unintentionally by leaving a hot over or stove unattended. In order to prevent your home from catching fire, always have someone watching over cooking food and be sure to turn off the stove or oven when you’re done cooking.

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Heating

Heating

Heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 house fires in 2010 in the United States. Space heaters accounted for 32 percent of these fires, but most resulted from the homeowner’s failure to clean heating equipment or chimneys. If you live in Utah and you are interested in protecting your precious belongings in case of a fire, consider investing in a fireproof safe. To prevent a house fire caused by heating, have your heating equipment inspected every year and be sure to keep space heaters away from flammable objects.

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Electrical Systems

Electrical Systems

Electrical fires are almost always caused by lighting sources. Fires that stem from electrical problems are responsible for more than $1 billion in property losses each year. To prevent an electrical house fire, replace frayed or damaged cords and have a qualified electrician handle your electrical projects; electricians are easy to find whether you live in Alabama or Utah.

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Careless Smoking

Careless Smoking

Smoking is the number one cause of home fire deaths in the United States. The smoker was asleep in two out of five smoking-related fire fatalities and alcohol was involved in about one-fourth of those deaths. If you smoke, keep smoking outside or limit smoking to certain safer areas of the home. If you are still worried about house fires and the safety of your home, consider investing in a fireproof safe; whether you live in Utah or Maryland, fireproof safe’s are easy to find and can prevent a lot of grief in case of an accident.

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Home

Home

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