9 Most Common Causes of Fires
House fires happen most during dinner hours—between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. That’s because people are cooking.Here's what you should remember when using the kitchen:
- For grease fires, only use a fire extinguisher or baking soda. Do not use water! It will spread the oil/grease and make your fire worse.
- Never leave your food unattended. Fires only need 30 seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze, so even going to the bathroom could endanger your home.
#2: Heating Equipment
Almost 13% of all residential fires are caused by heating equipment. Make sure to turn off all heating equipment once you have finished using them.
# 3: Electrical Equipment
Electrical equipment causes over 6% of house fires. Look for frayed wires, surge marks in wire, and damaged cords.
Mistakes happen. For house fires, negligence causes 5.8% of blazes. Carelessness includes not putting our cigarettes, leaving candles burning, putting heating equipment near combustible items, and more.
#5: Open flame
Candles, fires in the fireplace, and outdoor bonfires are enjoyable when controlled, but disastrous when they’re not. About 4% of all house fires start from an open flame.
Appliances cause about 4% of house fires. You can decrease the chances of something malfunctioning and catching on fire by making sure it’s approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Arson is a felony and can result in up to 20 years. But, people still do it. Out of all house fires, 4.2% are intentionally set.
About 2% of fires are caused by cigarettes. Just put your cigarettes out.
Nature happens. Which means wildfires and those caused by lightning are unavoidable. Don’t worry though! Natural causes only account for 1.6% of all house fires.
Remember, house fires claim a life every 7 seconds. To protect yourself, home, and business, be aware of where fires are most common.
SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas wishes a safe, fire-free summer!