Top 10 causes for fires
- Candles The top five days for home candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, Halloween and December 23.
- Cooking Includes general cooking safety info, as well as tips for microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers.
- Electrical Safety in the home with circuit interrupters
- Heating The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February.
- Smoking Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
- Dryers and washing machines The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them.
- Medical oxygen Portable medical oxygen in the home has grown over the past decade.
- Portable generators The most common dangers with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock, and fire hazards.
- Scalds Scald burns can be caused by any hot liquid, fluid, or vapor, including hot tap water, overheated beverages, steam, and hot oil.
- Portable fireplaces The fuel, device and open flame from these products can be dangerous.
An escape plan is vital
In 2012, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, download NFPA’s escape planning grid (PDF, 1.1 MB). This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.
To make sure your home is protected in case of a fire contact Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance can help.