Do you want to avoid a house fire?
House fires are destructive and damaging events that can scar families and homes. Despite their horrific nature, house fires usually arise due to very mundane reasons. These reasons are entirely avoidable if people take proper care.
Safety should be a part of every aspect of your life. This point goes doubly true whenever you are dealing with heat or fire. The slightest careless mistake can cause a fire and you will soon have a fire emergency.
Read on to find out some of the most common reasons for house fires.
Kitchen fires are the number one cause for most house fires. A kitchen is already a place where there is a lot of interplay with heat and fire. Unfortunately, our familiarity with kitchens makes us mistake it for safety. You should never leave a stovetop unattended or ignore a cooking pot. Lower fires are safer but cooking with high flames should be in your presence. Putting a cooking pot on a high flame while you have a bath or talk on the phone can set fire to the whole kitchen.
You should also take care when cooking in ovens. Opt for ovens with safety mechanisms in case of a fire. Leaving an unattended oven for more than 8 hours increases the risk of a fire.
Electricity is no slouch when it comes to causing house fires. It trails right behind kitchen fires in causing house fires. Fires can happen due to problems in your electrical layout for many reasons.
There might be a problem in your circuitry which causes a problem in voltage transfer. A sufficiently high surge of voltage can blow your electric grid and cause it to catch fire. Wires can also catch fire from overheating particularly if they’re damaged in some way. Exposed wiring can also give off sparks and cause any carpeting to catch fire.
Your electronic appliances are also potential fire hazards as well. Appliances that aren’t maintained and have broken or faulty wiring can cause fires. Ignoring the toaster or clothing iron can cause a fire in a few minutes. It is a good rule of thumb to stop using appliances as soon as you suspect any faults in them. Always ensure they are regularly serviced. It can also be a good idea to route all of them to one control panel. You can turn them off easily before going to bed every night.
Heating equipment is another likely source of fires. Water heaters operate at very high temperatures with scalding water inside. You should always have your water heater kept maintained. Otherwise, it can explode and cause a fire.
Similarly, heaters for cold weather should also be used with supervision. Keep them away from any objects in the room and especially clothing. Turn them off when going to sleep or invest in safety mechanisms.
Contact Service Team of Professionals for fire hazard inspections. Our experts will inspect and determine any lapses in fire security inside your house. We also offer fire repair services.