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  • Writer's pictureJeff Mays

5 Top Causes of House Fires!

House fires are a serious concern, causing significant property damage and loss of life each year. Here are the top five causes of house fires:

1. Cooking: Cooking is the leading cause of house fires, accounting for over 40% of all incidents. Unattended cooking, overflowing pots, and malfunctioning equipment can all lead to fires in the kitchen.

2. Heating equipment: Space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves can cause fires if not used properly. Overloading electrical outlets, placing heaters too close to flammable materials, and failing to properly clean and maintain heating equipment can all contribute to fires.

3. Electrical malfunctions: Faulty electrical wiring, overloaded outlets, and outdated electrical systems can cause fires. It's important to have a licensed electrician inspect your home's electrical system regularly to ensure it is up to code and functioning properly.

4. Smoking: Smoking is a leading cause of fire deaths, accounting for over 25% of fire deaths each year. Carelessly discarding smoking materials, such as cigarettes, can start fires that quickly spread.

5. Candles: Candles are a common cause of house fires, particularly in the winter months when they are used more frequently. Unattended candles, candles placed too close to flammable materials, and candles that tip over can all lead to fires.

It is important to take steps to prevent house fires, such as properly maintaining heating and cooking equipment, being careful with candles and smoking materials, and having a working smoke alarm in every room of your home. It is also important to have an evacuation plan in place and to practice it with your family regularly.

In the event of a fire, it is critical to evacuate the home immediately and call 911. Do not attempt to fight the fire unless you are properly trained and equipped.

In conclusion, house fires can have devastating consequences, but many can be prevented through simple safety measures. Regular maintenance and safety checks, being careful with flammable materials, and having a working smoke alarm and evacuation plan in place can help to keep your family and home safe.

Make sure you review your home’s coverage A value with your insurance agent annually. This is to ensure that you have the right amount of coverage to replace or repair your home.

Make sure your home is insured for the value it would take to replace it. The cost to rebuild has gone up dramatically in the past year. Do a review with you insurance agent to make sure your coverage is correct.

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