According the National Fire Protection Association, in alone 2016, there were 1,342,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,390 civilian deaths, 14,650 civilian injuries, and $10.6 billion in property damage (NFPA 2017).
- 475,500 were structure fires, causing 2,950 civilian deaths, 12,775 civilian injuries, and $7.9 billion in property damage.
- 173,000 were vehicle fires, causing 280 civilian fire deaths, 1,075 civilian fire injuries, and $933 million in property damage.
- 662,500 were outside and other fires, causing 85 civilian fire deaths, 650 civilian fire injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage.
While these figures may be daunting, you can protect yourself, your family and your home by being aware of the leading causes of fire damage and effective methods to prevent and combat them.
- COOKING FIRES. The leading cause of fires in homes in the United Stares are cooking fires. Usually caused by leaving cooking food unattended, this risk can be minimized by practicing safe cooking methods and never leaving cooking food unattended. If a fire does occurs, cut the source of the fires oxygen. In the event of an oil fire, DO NOT USE WATER. This can cause the fire to spread and become more dangerous. In these events, smother the fire with a lid or towel.
- ELECTRICAL FIRES. Another major cause for fires in home, are electrical faults. To minimize these threats, arrange a yearly inspection by a licensed electrician. This can be critical in finding faults, such as faulty wiring, damaged outlets and other hazards that can be major issues in the future.
- CLOTHES DRYERS. An often overlooked hazard in the family home are clothes dryers. This problem arises when neglect causes vents to become clogged with lint. This however, is easy to prevent, regular cleaning of lint traps and exhausts can do wonders in prevention of costly future damages.
- CANDLES. Candles may seem like the perfect fit for a romantic evening, but the minute you leave a lit candle in an unoccupied room, you’re asking for trouble. Your recipe for safety is simple: always blow out a candle if you’re going to leave a room, and never place a lit candle in a spot near combustible items or where it could be tipped over.
Early measures are the most effective route to prevent future fire damage from occurring in your home.
Practice safe early preventative measures and always keep fire extinguisher in the home to keep prepared.
In the event of fire damage, call Restoration 1 Mid-Cities at 855-7DRY-NOW for a complimentary inspection and estimate.