In the latest report that the National Fire Protection Association published, a total of 1,345,500 fires occurred in 2015. And while this indicates a 19.1% decrease from 2006, more than a million of these incidents is still a huge number.
The last thing you want to happen is to become part of the statistics. It’s for this reason that you need to come up with a fire prevention plan and execute it as soon as possible.
Where you should begin
Certified Fire Protection stresses the importance of implementing preventive measures as critical in avoiding putting many lives in jeopardy. Prevention, of course, requires recognition of fire hazards that exist in and around your home. Many of these hazards tend to stem from carelessness. Here are just some of those actions:
Leaving the stove or oven turned on
Unsupervised cooking is the primary culprit of house fires in the United States. From 2010-2014, firefighters responded to 166,100 house fires due to cooking, causing $1.1 billion in direct property damage. In 2015, 380,900 residential fires occurred and more than half took place due to this preventable cause. Even just a few minutes of leaving something cooking on the stove or in the oven can pave the way for a fire to start.
Tobacco cigarettes and cigars are also common causes of house fires. Most of the time, the reason for the disasters they bring are due to people forgetting their cigarettes remain lit. In other cases, the fires result from embers flying and landing on combustible materials. So have your smoking family members take their cigarettes or cigars outside. And it doesn’t hurt to remind them that smoking is fatal, with it being a leading cause of lung cancer.
Keep your home and your loved ones safe and secure from the deadly effects of a house fire. As early as now, talk to them about these basic fire prevention strategies, and consider installing a fire safety system in your house to further reduce the potential of such a catastrophe.