Home fires are devastating. By the time the fire department arrives at the scene of a house fire, irreparable damage has often been done.
With that being said, the good news is that most of the leading causes can be avoided by being careful. Cooking accidents, faulty heating equipment, electrical wiring issues, and indoor smoking are all preventable.
In this blog, we’ll walk you through actions that are a fire risk and how to avoid them to keep you and your family safe.
According to the Natural Fire Protection Association, cooking accidents are the leading cause of house fires. They happen due to the following factors:
A cooking fire can happen at any time, especially if you’re distracted. Remember the following tips can help you avoid a disaster:
The second most common cause of a house fire is poorly maintained heating equipment, such as space heaters, chimneys, and furnaces.
Dust and dirt accumulate on these devices after several uses, clogging pathways and causing overheating. If left unchecked by professionals, flame rollouts happen and can start a devastating fire at any time.
Heating solutions like HVAC repair and maintenance go a long way in preventing house fires. Regular inspections should involve:
Hiring HVAC technicians to inspect your heating systems is a great way to spot problems with the furnace and ducts. They will run diagnostic tests to identify any issues and parts needing replacement or repair. Doing this annually keeps your HVAC in tip-top shape while ensuring you and your family are safe and sound.
Faulty outlets, frayed wires, and mismatched wattages can all start an electrical fire. Whether you’re present or out of the house, these can easily catch fire quietly before surprising you with a burning smell wafting in the air.
We aren’t here to tell people whether or not they should smoke, but we are here to advocate in favour of not smoking inside. Smoking materials caused 18,100 house fires over a four-year period, typically because of improper disposal and negligence.
Prevent a house fire by doing the following tips for disposing of cigarette butts properly:
Christmas is a joyous time of year with all the lights and festivities, but it can also be a disaster when excitement leads to negligence. It can be hard to ensure all your decorations haven’t become a fire hazard when you only bring them out once a year.
Here are preventive tips to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season:
Most household fires start with something small like unattended cooking and poorly maintained HVAC systems. Knowing the warning signs and building good habits is the key to preventing catastrophic fires.
Make it a habit to unplug appliances, keep proper fire safety equipment handy, and conduct annual HVAC maintenance with LG Home Comfort. These solutions prevent the most common cause of house fires, keeping your home safe and secured throughout the seasons.
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