The thought of a house fire is a terrifying possibility that we all must live with. The effects of a fire can be far-reaching and devastating. The good news is that there are only a few main causes of fires that lead to the majority of house fires. If you protect your home against these causes, you will be well on your way to keeping your home water-damage-free. Thus, below are six of the most common causes of house fires regularly seen by our restoration experts at On-Site Cleaning, servicing Troy.
Carelessness in the kitchen leads to a large number of house fires. With all the different sources of heat available in kitchens, this should come as no surprise. Some of the main ways that fires start in kitchens are from grease, leaving sources of heat unattended, and flammable materials being exposed to heat sources. All of this can be avoided by simply being aware of your surroundings in the kitchen. No matter how comfortable you are cooking, never let your guard down since that is when a fire is most likely to occur.
All portable heaters should be kept at least one meter away from anything that has the potential to catch fire. This includes furniture, curtains, drapes, clothes, and papers. As obvious as this may seem, portable heaters are still a common cause of house fires because they can happen so easily.
Electrical malfunctions are a common problem and they can lead to fires in some cases. Be on the lookout for old or faulty wiring to keep this from happening.
Children have a propensity for getting into things they shouldn’t be getting into. Make sure that you keep all flammable liquids and chemicals safely stored away so children cannot get to them.
If you have any flammable liquids in the home or garage such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits, keep them away from heat sources and check the label before storing them. Be careful when pouring these liquids as well. A small amount of spilled kerosene, for example, will quickly give start to a fire if it is near a spark.
By giving heed to these tips above, you will be able to prevent the vast majority of potential fires in your home. As a result, you should be able to sleep more peacefully regarding the safety of your home. Nonetheless, if you do ever have to deal with any fire damage restoration in Troy, don’t hesitate to give us a call at On-Site Cleaning for help with the fire damage restoration process.