The Number 1 cause of accidental fires in the home is cooking.
The following list shows the major reasons that cooking can be dangerous:
Another major cause for accidental fires is smoking. The following guidelines should be followed if you, anyone in your family, or any guests smoke in your home:
- Do not leave cooking food unattended
- Do not put combustibles near any heating appliances
- If a pan of grease or oil catches on fire - DO NOT MOVE IT!! Turn off burner, put a lid on the pan or use an extinguisher
- Do not wear loose fitting clothes while cooking
- Do not leave pot handles sticking out so they can be knocked over. Turn handles toward the back of the stove
- Ensure all electrical appliances are in good repair
- Unplug small appliances when not in use
Other causes of accidental fires in the home include the following:
- Do not smoke while lying down or when you are tired
- Use only deep ashtrays
- Wet all smoking materials before disposal
- Keep smoking materials away from children
- If taking medications that make you drowsy - be especially careful
- Check all furniture after parties for smoldering cigarettes
- If using candles, remember to use extreme diligence
- Do not use if children are present
- Use on solid, sturdy tables and ensure the candles are in a container
- NEVER LEAVE UNATTENDED
- Do not use candles near drapes, curtains, towels or any other combustibles.
- Extinguish at the earliest possible time
Fire Places, Wood Burners, Furnaces
- Do not overload circuits
- Extension cords in homes should be kept to a minimum. Ensure that all extension cords are in good shape
- If extension cords must be used, buy heavy duty cords instead of the thin cheap basic cords.
- NEVER put electrical cords under rugs or carpeting
- Remember circuit breakers and fuses must be the weakest part of the electrical circuit. If the system becomes overloaded, these devises will protect your home from electrical fires
- Ensure that your chimney is in good condition and free of any debris
- If using fire places or wood burners, use only dry, seasoned wood
- Use screens or glass to protect from embers that could pop out of the fire place
- Have your furnace, hot water tank or boiler serviced annually by a licensed technician.