Devastating House Fires on the Rise: Tips on Fire Causes and Prevention Video and Photos
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Wintertime Brings More House Fires
The wintertime hosts more house fires than any other time of the year. Often times multiple houses are destroyed when one catches fire. The video above shows a sad situation where 12 families were displaced in just a few hours. This fire occurred on Friday the 13th, and the wind gusts which were up to 60 miles per hour, destroyed this home in less than 2 hours. This particular fire is being investigated as a deliberate arson but we will explore ways to prevent natural fires from occurring.
The biggest reason for an increase in house fires is because of fact that people are using equipment to heat their homes. Often times the equipment is old and faulty and problems arise. Another factor is that many people can not afford the heating oil or gas and so they resort to improvised methods for staying warm. Many of these improvised heating methods are very dangerous.
Let's look at a few things you should never do to try to heat your home or apartment:
- Using your Oven to heat a house. Using a gas stove or oven to heat a home is dangerous. Deadly chemicals such as Carbon Monoxide can kill you.
- Using things like Camping Stoves are dangerous and can start fires.
- Never, Ever Use Open Flame in a house. This may sound like common sense but many people light small fires to keep warm, thinking if they open a window they are OK. Open flames in houses can cause smoke inhalation problems and the fire can spread by burning embers.
- Never leave Candles Unattended! They can overheat and explode causing a fire.
- Don't Smoke in your Bed!. Many people fall asleep while smoking and can set their bed on fire. This historically was a leading cause of devastating house fires.
- Don't use Old Portable Electrical Heaters! They have a tendency to short out and cause electrical fires. Also, they may not have an automatic emergency shut off when they tip over. Using old electrical heating elements causes a lot of house fires.
- Never Burn a Fire in and Old Uninspected Fireplace! Fires can start in the chimney and spread throughout the House. Chimneys should be inspected by professionals every You should use Creosote logs to clean out your chimney at the beginning of every winter season.
- Never leave your Christmas Tree Lights On when you are Sleeping or Not at Home! Christmas tree fires are on the rise.
- Use Caution when Cooking! Every kitchen should have a proper fire extinguisher. Oil fires are the most dangerous because water spreads them out instead of extinguishing them.
House Fires are Devastating Any Time Of Year
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Things You Can Do to Prevent House Fires
- Clean and Inspect Heating Sources. Contact a professional to do an inspection at least once every 5 years.
- Avoid using dangerous heating methods as mentioned above.
- Clean and Inspect Fireplace and Chimney every 3-5 years.
- Be Conscious of Electrical Appliances and unplug them when not in use.
- Use Common Sense!
- Use Caution While Cooking!
- Keep a Fire Extinguisher with proper rating in your kitchen.
- Never BBQ Indoors
- Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms and Detectors. Batteries should be changed at least once per year.
- Have an Escape Plan! Families that have an escape plan, are aware of fire hazards and places to exit are more likely to survive in a real fire.
Fires devastate many people and families every year. There is a rise every time it gets cold and the majority of house fires can be prevented and occur due to human error and carelessness. Don't become a statistic! Protect yourself. If you think something may be dangerous or a fire hazard, call a professional and get it inspected! Your life and property are worth it!
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