How to Prevent a House Fire

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A fire in a house may start in a variety of different places. These can include kitchens, electrical problems, and Christmas trees. Intentional fires can also occur. If you want to learn more about preventing a house fire, read on to learn more about the most common causes. You can also check out our articles on Christmas tree fires and electrical problems. We also discuss ways to prevent fires in barns. Intentional fires can result from a variety of different factors, including cooking or electrical issues.

Cooking

You may be wondering how to prepare and cook after a house fire. First, you should take out any charred food. Although it may still be cold to the touch, the food may already have warmed or thawed. Secondly, if your kitchen appliances were damaged, they may need to be replaced. They can be in danger of short-circuiting because of contaminants that may accumulate on their electronic circuits.

Electrical problems

Many house fires are the result of electrical problems. These fires cost $1.3 billion in direct property damage each year and cause 440 civilian deaths. Be on the lookout for warning signs of faulty electrical wiring. Contact a qualified electrician if you suspect that your home’s electrical wiring is malfunctioning. Electrical fires may not be visible at first, but they can be devastating if you don’t know what to look for.

Christmas tree fires

If you’re planning to put up a Christmas tree in your home this year, you need to take precautions to avoid fires. A spark from a Christmas tree can ignite the whole room. This fire could even spread up a staircase and make it impossible to escape if you’re on the second floor. In addition, fire hazards are compounded by the large amount of heat energy a Christmas tree produces, as well as the conditions that make it easy for the temperature to rise quickly.

Intentional fires

Almost one in five house fires in the U.S. are intentionally started. Among the five most common causes of house fires, they cause the least number of deaths and injuries. In 2015, intentional house fires claimed the lives of 380 people. In the same period, they caused more than 800 accidents. Even with these statistics, people still intentionally start house fires. The following are some tips to prevent fires in your home.

Covering cracks around the door

After a house fire, cover the cracks around the door and any vents so smoke and water can escape. In the event that you are trapped inside, call 911 to report the fire and ask for help. If you cannot find a phone, ask neighbors to lend you their phones and call 911. Once help arrives, cover all the cracks and vents around the door to prevent smoke from escaping.

Keeping items out of reach of flames

The kitchen is another place where fire can cause injuries or death. Paper towels, pot holders, and recipe cards can catch fire when left too close to burners. You should keep three feet of space between these items and the stovetop. Make sure that children do not play near these items, such as toy cars, because they can burn. And always make sure to place them in a safe place, away from children.

Smoke alarms

While smoke does not cause a fire, it is a significant contributor to the number of injuries and deaths caused by a fire. Most of these tragedies happen at night, when the occupants are sleeping. Although smoke alarms do not prevent fires, they increase your chances of survival. According to research, people who have a working smoke alarm have a 50 percent greater chance of survival. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and in each sleeping area.

Making a fire escape plan

If you have children, it is best to have a home fire escape plan, which should include how to get them out of the house in case of an emergency. Practice your plan regularly by using a timer. You can also download an app to help you practice with a fire alarm. You should also have a fire extinguisher in the house, and place it near your bed.