4 Common Fire Hazards

A residential fire happens every 66 seconds in the United States causing roughly $10 billion in damages annually. Fortunately many of these fires can be prevented if you are aware of the different hazards in your home. Below are some of the things that you can avoid to help from becoming a residential fire statistic.

#2. Space Heaters

Heaters should be placed at least 3 feet away from anything that is flammable in your home. 

#3. Dryer Lint

This is not just something your mother made up. Be sure to clean the lint screen on your dryer regularly. You should always check that this is done before running the dryer again.

#4. Candles

Make sure to keep candles in a secure holder that cannot be tipped over.

If you see any of these items, it is important to correct them immediately. Also, here are a few bonus home safety tips to help you prevent fires.

  • Make sure you have the right electrical cord for the job.

  • Don’t overload outlets or extension cords.

  • Don’t leave Christmas tree lights on overnight or when not at home.

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside. Don’t smoke in bed when you’re tired.

  • Keep matches, lighters, and other ignition sources out of the reach of children.

  • Be alert when cooking and don’t leave food unattended.



Sources: National Fire Protection Association, 2013, Acuity Insurance

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