Do you know that about seven people die every single day across the United States because of home fires? According to reports, there were about 365,500 home structure fires reported in 2015. Sadly, these incidents resulted in 2,560 deaths, 11,075 injuries, and about $7 billion in damages.
During the holidays, fire departments across the country are on high alert. Here are some of the causes of home fires during the busiest time of the year.
Sadly, about one in every four Christmas tree fires is due to electrical problems. In fact, according to reports from the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Standards and Technology, it only takes less than 30 seconds for a dry tree to consume an entire room in flames.
If you are very keen on your Christmas decorations, it is advisable that you hire professionals for your residential Christmas lights installations to avoid any electrical problems that could occur due to mishandling.
According to reports, candles cause two in every fire decoration-related home fires. Every single year, candles cause about 15,000 home fires across the country.
That’s why experts recommend that people refrain from using candles in their holiday decorations or if they do, make sure they extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving their home. Best of all, keep the candles away from flammable items such as couches and curtains.
During the holidays, people cook a lot for all the reunions and gatherings they hold and attend. But do you know that cooking is the top cause of fires during the holidays? And the prime culprit is when people leave cooking unattended.
So if you are planning to do any baking, frying, and open-fire cooking this holiday, make sure you don’t leave it unattended. Keep an eye on it, so you don’t risk home fires this Christmas.
Stay safe and away from home fires with by knowing the common causes. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher at home so you can protect your family from the sad consequences of home fires.