Home Fire Prevention

House fires are a concern for every home owner. Each year more than 3,500 are killed in house fires and another 18,000 are seriously injured. Some fires are started inside the home while others come from the outside like wildfires. Many of these fires can be prevented, so let us take a look into how to prevent inside the house fires.

Surprisingly enough the leading cause of fire-related deaths is smoking. It's not California wildfires or faulty electrical work. Cigarette fires kill 1,000 Americans a year, and injure another 4,000. Also cigarettes start a quarter of all fires each year.

USA Today reports that in the past 30 years cigarette fires have been the leading causee for tens of thousands of deaths.

The best way to reduce these type of fires is to simply not smoke, but if you are a smoker keep your butts in one spot. Don't litter them around the yard or the community. Don't throw them in areas that could easily be hazardous, like a trashcan.

Another leading cause of fires are children. Children playing with fire is a very likely way to get a good fire started. It's a good idea to have a serious sit-down with your kids explaining to them the dangers of starting fires. It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to erupt into a major flame, and most kids that start the fire are often swallowed by the fire.

Be responsible and create no fire zones around your home.

  • Never leave a fire,cigarette, or candle unattended.
  • Have smoke detectors on every level of your home. 
  • Always have a home fire extinguisher, and a garden hose.
  • Never burn brush near your home, or when it's windy and dry.
  • Remove dead leaves from your gutters and roof.
  • If you live in a hill know that fires travel uphill rather quickly. Stone and brick walls help deflect the flames

FEMA gives homeowners some valuable tips about 30 foot safe zones to help guard their homes during wildfires. This can be valuable when the weather conditions are just right.

First fires feed on vegetation. Keep your bushes small, and vines to a minimum. Be sure to keep firewood stacked a good distance away from any structure.

  • Keep wire mesh over house vents to keep embers from falling inside.
  • Have some water storage and have an external water supply like a pond or pool.
  • Use fire-resistant building materials.
  • Avoid flammable roofing materials and choose single ply membranes, fiberglass shingles, slate, metal, clay, and concrete tile.

Sometimes there isn't a thing to be done in stopping a fire when it's already on its way. However, a responsible homeowner takes precautions to safeguarding their home against fires for the sake of his loved ones.

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