Did you know that over one-quarter of fires that happen in the United States originate in people’s homes? Sadly, it’s these fires that also account for most mortalities caused by them. Fortunately, knowing where danger lurks can help keep you safe, and knowing where they are most likely to happen can help you take precautions to prevent them. Here are the places in the home that are the most likely places for fires to start.
Kitchens are at the heart of most American homes, and they are a hot spot for fires. Most of them are caused by cooking incidents, but they can be prevented. Monitor your oven, stove, and other kitchen appliances to make sure nothing combustible is too close to them.
Also, never abandon any kitchen appliance while it’s on a high-heat setting. It only takes a fire a couple of seconds to go from a flickering flame to a big blaze.
While kitchens are most known to start cooking-related fires, bedrooms are likely to spread electrical fires. A fire in the bedroom is especially dangerous because it could start while people are still sleeping. Common causes for a fire to start would be overtaxed wiring and space heaters. Bedrooms also tend to have flammable materials such as blankets, drapes, and carpeting.
Stop a fire from occurring by addressing loose wall outlets and avoid plugging too many devices into the wall at any one time. If you have a space heater, it should be three or more feet away from any flammable objects.
Living rooms will vary from household to household, but most of them have the same fire hazards. You’ll find features such as chimneys and fireplaces that make a home vulnerable to a fire breaking out. Space heaters and wood-burning stoves are sometimes found in these rooms as well.
To avoid fires, get your chimney cleaned before using a fireplace, and keep space heaters at least three feet away from flammable objects. A fireplace screen can be helpful if you have a fireplace. Lastly, don’t leave any fires unattended. They should be constantly monitored so you can be sure they never get out of control.
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