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Common Ways Home Fires Start

People hardly ever think that their home isn’t safe from fire, but it happens all the time. Fires can be started from the simplest and smallest things, and the next thing you know your house is up in flames. What once was your safe haven is now nothing but a pile of ash. All those memories can be lost to the burning flames because of one small spark. Here are some of the most common ways home fires start.

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Faulty Wiring

Faulty Wiring

Faulty wiring could send sparks flying all over the place and make whatever it is plugged in start overheating. Electronics are not fireproof.

2

Stove

Stove

Surprisingly often, it happens that someone leaves something flammable near or on the stove and it catches fire.

3

Oven

Oven

You should be very careful with such a large appliance which has a primary function to heat. Don’t put anything near an oven, even if it says fireproof. Better safe than sorry.

4

Toaster

Toaster

Crumbs can fall off your toast and down into the toaster. These crumbs can actually be very flammable. A step towards making your home fireproof is to clean out your toaster.

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Fireplace

Fireplace

Whether it is electric or gas, it is still fire. You should never put or leave anything that is flammable near a fireplace.

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Cigarettes

Cigarettes

Don’t leave your cigarette lit in a tray. The tray may protect the bottom, but you run the risk of something falling on top of it and igniting. Or the cigarette could even fall out of the tray.

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Straighteners and Curling Irons

Straighteners and Curling Irons

Women are usually the ones guilty of this one. Leaving the house and forgetting to unplug the straightener or curling iron is one forgetful mistake which may have severe consequences.

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Candles

Candles

Although they are pretty and they smell nice, but they can become a fire hazard when you forget to blow them out.

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Author Bio

Author Bio

Taylor Hatch is a writer for Fusion 360 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She writes for Fort Knox and many other clients.