As the temperatures drop outside, the potential for fires increase inside. An average of seven people die in U.S. home fires every day, according to statistics by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). In the NFPA’s most recent report on Home Structure Fires, general causes, including cooking and home heating, account for 84 percent of these incidents. While the numbers are alarming, knowing the causes leads the way toward preventing future fires from ever occurring. Stop fires from starting in your home by understanding the root of the problem and using the prevention tips provided to keep your structure safe.
Gathering around the dinner table for a feast with family and friends should be a relaxing and joyous occasion. However, cooking leads to the most home fires, causing 46 percent between 2010 and 2014, with 19 percent leading to death and 44 percent leading to injuries. The NFPA lists Thanksgiving as the peak day for cooking fires, but it’s not the only time of year when a meal can cause a home to go up in smoke.
The second most leading cause of home fires is heating equipment, with most incidents occurring in December, January, and February. Two out of every five home heating fires and four out of of five home heating deaths found space heaters–portable or stationary– as the cause. Other leading contributors included chimneys and placing flammable items too close to heating equipment.
Rounding out the top three causes of house fires is electrical failure or malfunction. According to the NFPA, “these incidents caused 16 percent of the home fire deaths, nine percent of the home fire injuries, and 18 percent of the direct property damage.”
Call in a professional: Seek the advice and aid of a qualified electrician for problems such as outlets or switches that are warm to the touch, frequently tripped circuits or blown fuses, or lights that flicker or dim.
At A&J Specialty Services, Inc. DKI, our staff is fully trained in emergency fire and water damage restoration services for your home, business, and structures. Fire and smoke damage can be extremely messy. Cleaning the fire damage or smoke damage, removing odors, and cleaning your personal belongings or contents is what we specialize in. Let us help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible and return your home or business to its pre-loss condition – with our emergency fire and water restoration.
A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI provides 24/7 emergency fire and water restoration, smoke damage cleanup, and deodorization services for homes and businesses around Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, Brookfield, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, West Allis, and surrounding Dane County Wisconsin areas.