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5 Most Common Causes Of Residential Fires

fire damage cleanup fayette county, fire damage fayette county, fire damage repair fayette countyAccording to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were 371,500 residential fires in 2017. Only 1.6% of those fires were from natural causes, while cooking caused 51.6% of them. We at Restoration 1 hope that knowing the 5 most common causes of residential fires can help raise awareness and increase preventative practices in our Fayette County homes to safeguard from potential fires. 

  1. Cooking

Cooking is the cause of half of all residential fires. Since the kitchen is where the cooking happens, this is where we need to start to be proactive with fire safety. First, never leave cooking food unattended. If an appliance that heats up is on and hot, it should never be left alone. Second, keep your cooking equipment clean. Build up on stovetops, ovens, and even in microwaves can become flammable. Third, keep flammable objects away from the stove and any other possible heat sources. Be sure to use caution whenever you are cooking in the kitchen, and have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. 

  1. Heating

Heating causes made up 9.1% of residential fires in 2017. Space heaters can be great for heating a small room, but when left alone in a room they can be a huge fire risk. Be sure that space heaters are a safe distance away from any flammable objects (walls, curtains, bedding, etc), and do not leave them on unattended. Routine inspection and cleaning of wood stoves and chimneys can help prevent fires by removing any potential obstructions and build up. Keeping up with routine maintenance on the water heater will help prevent malfunctions and possible fires.

  1. Carelessness

Unintentional fires caused by carelessness made up for 7.1% of residential fires. Mistakes happen, and no one is perfect, but negligence with potential fire hazards is something we all can and should work on. Leaving burning candles in rooms unattended, putting heating devices near combustible items, failing to completely put out cigarettes, being careless in the kitchen, not keeping matches and lighters in safe places are just some examples of careless acts that can lead to fires.  Keep flammable objects and material in safe and hard to reach places, and make sure to turn off valves on gas tanks when not in use. Always treat anything hot or on fire with the utmost care.

  1. Electrical Malfunction

6.5% of residential fires were the result of an electrical malfunction. Frayed wires and damaged cords should be thrown away and replaced immediately. Any exposed wires need to be addressed before being used. Do not over-plug outlets. When too much current is running through a single outlet or extension cord, fires can start. Do not plug multiple appliances into the same electrical socket. If you have multiple cords that need power in one area (i.e. the TV and entertainment center), you should use a surge protected to ensure that there is not current overload. If cords feel hot after being plugged in for extended amounts of time, unplug them and do not use them again until they cool down.

  1. Open Flames

Open flame sources made up 4.3% of residential fires. Candles, indoor fireplaces, and outside fires can be very pleasant and enjoyable, but can also easily get out of hand and lead to fires. You can prevent residential fires started from open flames by making sure flames are completely put out when done, keeping candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable, and never leaving open flames unattended for any amount of time. 

House fires are devastating and can even be fatal. If you find yourself dealing with a residential fire, call Restoration 1 of McDonough. We understand fire damage, how it works, and how to clean it up. Our services in Fayette County and surrounding areas are proven to provide the best restoration and results in the industry. We will work quickly and efficiently to mitigate damage and restore your property expertly and safely. When it comes to fire damage cleanup, do not wait to call Restoration 1 of McDonough. 

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