According to the National Fire Protection Association, total home fires in US were 352,000, deaths caused by them were 2,735, injuries as a result of house fires was 10,750, and total property damage was $5.7 billion in 2016. These statistics are quite shocking for US residents and visitors. To prevent damage caused by house fires and to stay safe from them, it is important to know the major causes of these fires.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that cooking equipment and kitchen utensils are one of the top causes of US home fires. Home structure gets damaged majorly by fire caused by the cooking gear. Cooking gear includes stoves, overheated pots, turkey fryers, cooking oils, and microwaves. An estimate shows unattended cooking has proved to end up burning 70% of houses.
Other causes are given here:
Smoking is another major cause of house fires in the country. Cigarette butts, cigars and pipes, if not extinguished completely, can ignite fire. Fire department advises not to smoke at home in the first place, or make sure you don’t throw cigarette butts everywhere in your home. Use ash trays for that.
2. Heating Appliances
2011-2015, heating home appliances caused about 54, 030 house fires and $1.1 billion property loss in the country. In most of the cases, home fire caused by a heating equipment was during winters when use of such appliances increase at homes. In every other case, space heater was the cause. So use them with extreme care.
Mostly during Christmas days, candles are lit in houses. Carelessness with their use can be one of the causes of fire at home. Every year on average, 8,700 fire incidents are caused by candles. Most of the times, candles in bedrooms started house fires so it would be safe to better watch out with the flames.
4. Electric Equipment
Many times, electrical appliances also cause home fires. 34,000 fire incidents were caused during 2011 to 2015 due to electric equipment. Cords, lighting bulbs, plugs and wiring are the top-most causes of electric fires. Always keep a check and get the damaged wiring and appliances fixed timely.
5. Fire Play
Children and pets can also set fire unintentionally. Kids who like to play with lighters and matches cause house fires many times in the country. 49,300 home fires during 2009 to 2011 were caused by young fire setters. Kids under 7 usually show interest with fire. Never let them play with fire. To keep them safe and secure against home fires and teach them how to watch themselves on their own.
Tips to Prevent Home Fire Incidents
- Mount firefighter sensors particularly in your kitchen, bedroom, playroom and living room. The modern firefighter sensors monitor your home against any fire, and sounds the loud alarm if there is a fire eruption detected.
- Get a smoke detector to rule out risks of fire caused by overheating electrical equipment. It is also called a heat detector that has become a linchpin for your kids and family safety. Latest smoke detectors offered by many home security systems can also detect freeze at your home. They are integrated with modern home security alarm systems which help to notify the monitoring team in case of an emergency.
Stay safe everyone!