In Part 1 of our guide, we discussed the fire hazards that come with cooking equipment, cigarettes, children, electrical equipment, and flammable liquids. In this section, we will go over five more dangers that make up the top 10 causes of house fires. Avoid these in your home, and you will be able to protect yourself well into the future.
Barbecue grills can be particularly dangerous during the dry summer months because the grass is so flammable. All it takes is one dropped coal or unexpected flam outburst to spark a large fire throughout your yard.
To prevent this: Always use barbecues outdoors, not even in your garage. Clean all removable parts regularly, and check the connections for potential leaks.
Fake Christmas trees are made to be fire proof, but that does not mean that they are 100% guaranteed not to light on fire. If you use a real Christmas tree in your home, your risks of fire are even higher. Any lighting or decorations you use can be dangerous if they are not properly inspected before use.
To prevent this: Check all wiring before hanging lights on the tree or on your home. Keep Christmas trees away from heaters, radiators, fireplaces, and other heat sources, and never use live candles on your Christmas tree.
Older homes are more susceptible to house fires than newer homes because of the wiring inside. Even well-installed wiring that is fully up to code can cause problems if you ever have a vermin infestation. They chew the wires, the wires spark a fire. It’s that simple.
To prevent this: Have your home’s electrical wiring inspected regularly, especially if you have an older home or are purchasing a new home. Replace any faulty wiring as soon as it is discovered.
We mentioned candles in Christmas trees, but just having candles throughout your home could lead to problems over time. You must be careful about where you place candles in your home in order to avoid fire.
To prevent this: Use candle warmers instead of flames. This will allow you to have the aroma of the candle without the fire. Avoid putting candles near any flammable materials, and use candle holder to collect wax that may drip down.
As you may expect, your radiator, heater, space heater, and other heating equipment could spark a fire if it malfunctions or is stored in the wrong location. This will also apply to fireplaces and chimneys if they are not properly inspected.
To prevent this: Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from flammable items, and have your furnace and chimney regularly inspected. Keep your furnace filter clean throughout the winter months, and install a carbon monoxide alarm if you have any gas equipment in the household.
Now that you know what the top 10 causes of house fires are, you can go about the steps necessary to avoid them in your home.