To be honest, before I started researching my fiction book Kindling Embers, I didn’t give much thought to fire protection. We didn’t have a lot of open flames around our house, rarely used candles or the grill, so what was there to worry about?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments across the United States responded to a fire every twenty-three seconds in 2015. On average, fire departments reported one civilian injury due to fire every thirty-four minutes, and someone died due to fire every two hours and forty minutes. Maybe, we all have a lot to learn about the fire hazards in our homes.
The Top 5 Causes of Fires in Homes
The number one cause of fire within homes is cooking. Unfortunately, the best solution doesn’t involve giving that up. Nearly 90% of kitchen fires start because people aren’t watching food cook. Just staying in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling, or not leaving the home while you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling slashes the chance of fire.
The second cause of home fires involves how we heat our homes. Basic, annual maintenance on your chimney and following safety tips on space heaters are two big ways you can protect your family from the devastating effects of fire.
3. Playing with Fire
Third on the list of fire causes is playing with fire, particularly by children. This also accounts for many deaths by fire. Whether its matches or lighters, fireworks or your fire pit, teach children in and around your home to respect fire.
4. Intentional Fires
The fourth cause of fires in the United States is arson, and according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report Crime in the United States, two out of every five arson arrests are under the age of 18. The best way to protect your family from the heartbreak of your teen intentionally starting a fire within your home is to pursue and purposely maintain a healthy relationship with them.
5. Electrical Distribution and Lighting
Fifth on the list is electrical distribution and lighting. Diligently watch for frayed cords, improper or long term use of extension cords, furniture pinching wires, and blankets covering lampshades. All of these have caused fires.
Even More Tips in the Free Download
The tips above are just the beginning, Truthfully, even the download includes only the most basic advice for protecting your home and loved ones from fire. But the recommendations included launch from the most common causes of fires and will help us all do a better job on fire protection.