Fire is the one element that can bring us life in the cold outdoors or it can take our life while we sleep in our house. This post is focused on why some fires start.
Ready.gov reports that: “Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually.”
Not only do house fires take lives, but our physical memories as well. I have about 90% of very thing in own in this world is in my house.
What are some common causes of house fires?
- Cooking: “According to the NFPA, 40 percent of house fires and 36 percent of fire-related injuries are caused by cooking fires.”
Most of are guilty of cooking something on low, and then having to run to the store. Or leaving the oven on and believing that it is safe. IT IS NEVER SAFE TO LEAVE THEM ON. This is a reminder to me as well. If I leave, the cooking stops!
- Smoking: “Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. The NFPA estimates that nearly one in four people killed in fires in the United States were killed in smoking-related fires.”
I find his one strange, because everyone I know goes outside to smoke. I am not going to go on a soap box about smoking. The stats speak for themselves. If you smoke, go outside, and dispose of it in the safest manner possible. You endanger your family by smoking indoors.
- Heating: “The majority of heating-related fires are not caused by a home’s furnace but rather fixed and portable space heaters.”
It is hard to believe the next major holiday is Thanksgiving!! The cold is coming back and it is up to us to be mindful of how we use our electrical devices. What might help you, is that if you have a checklist tapped on your door to your bedroom or mirror. You can ask yourself such questions as;
Did I lock the doors? Are the space heaters off? Is the cat in the house?
- Electrical Fires: “Appliances should always be plugged directly into an acceptable outlet and never plugged into an extension cord. Also, never remove the grounding plug from an appliance so that it can fit into a two-prong outlet.”
Here are the main points to remember. Never have Uncle Bob (who thinks he can do wiring, but probable not) do your electrical work. Always have a professional do electrical work. Yes, it cost more, but we are talking about your life here.
The MOST important item you can have is a fire alarm. Head over to Amazon.com and look up rating and what your needs are.
Talk you’re local fire department. Bring them some home baked cookies and pick their brains over house fires.
If you have the money, buy fire extinguisher and place them around different parts of the house.
NEVER, NEVER try and fight a fire bigger than a small waste basket fire.
THIS WAS FIRST POSTED SEPT. OF 2012