Fire damage is defined as the damage caused to the property by fire. As a homeowner, fire is the last thing we want to see at home. Fire causes massive destruction to our property, leaving our home with smoke, dirt, and damaged furniture and equipment. Moreover, fire constitutes a danger to humans. According to research made by the National Disaster Education Coalition, In the United States, a home fire is the fifth greatest cause of death and injury and is also listed as the first cause of death for children below 15 years old.
It is extremely vital to understand the causes of fire damage. Superior Restoration is here to educate you on the common causes of fire damage.
COMMON CAUSES OF FIRE DAMAGE
A home fire can be generated from different sources. The leading source of home fires and home injuries is cooking fires. NFPA reported that U.S. fire departments attended to approximately 172,100 home structure fires each year from 2012 to 2016 due to cooking activities. Leaving food neglected while cooking may overheat cooking equipment such as pots and pans, and could lead to home fires.
It is important that as a homeowner you are cautious of your surrounding and the sources of heat. Moreover, cleaning or wiping out any spilled grease or fat on your counter is also a vital preventive measure in avoiding cooking fires.
- Home Heating Equipment
Placing the heating equipment close to materials that can catch fire, such as wood furniture or clothing items (curtains, mattresses, and more), is the primary factor that could lead to heating equipment fires.
It is recommended that a homeowner should never leave any heating equipment unattended. Provide a three-foot radius of your heating equipment from anything that can catch fire and is flammable. Moreover, frequent cleaning of the heating equipment, including chimneys, can prevent home fires.
- Electrical Equipment
Electrical fires can be formed in many categories. Some examples of these are, using an appliance with worn and frayed cords or using outdated wiring. Plugging too many on one outlet at the same time, inappropriate use of extensions, and faulty lighting fixtures add up to the category of the causes of electrical fires.
Have a thorough check of your wirings, cords, and circuits. It is also wise to avoid overloading your outlets. If you are not sure about your electrical wiring or lighting fixtures, seek professional help.
One key factor that contributes to the smoking fire is when a person smoking fell asleep or passed out in a bed or upholstered furniture. Upholstered furniture can easily catch fire and fire can spread quickly.
Another factor that contributes to smoking fire is the improper discarding of cigarette butts. Butts can contain its fire even after a few hours.
Refraining yourself or other people from smoking inside your home and properly disposing of smoking materials can prevent fire.
Most of the causes of fire damage in homes can be prevented. Yet, if life throws you lemons, Superior Restoration is here to help you restore your properties. We respond as quickly as possible and are available 24/7. We have all the means you need for your home restoration or reconstruction. For further information, please contact Superior Restoration today.