Prepare for Winter Fires

A fire within a person’s home can be one of the most devastating and life disrupting occurrences that can befall an individual or a family. Residential fire repair can cost a family or property owner hundreds of dollars in materials, professional help and property replacement.

The good news, however, is that residential fire repair is only needed after house fire has caused damage to a home. This means that the aggravating costs, stress and disaster of having a house fire within one’s own home can be avoided by avoiding risky behavior that increases the likelihood of a fire igniting in the home.

As winter comes on, it is important to understand where these potential ignition points exist within a home as residential fires consistently increase during the winter months. This increase in house fire during the winter months is attributed to several varying factors that promote the risks of igniting a fire.

As the winter months ensue so does the increased amounts of cooking done within the home as people a less likely to go out to eat or to prepare their food outside as is more common during the summer months. According to professional studies done by the United States Fire Association and the National Fire Protection Association, the most common form of residential house fires are those that originate from the kitchen.

Kitchen fires account for around forty percent of all house fires and are often attributed to faulty or misused or unattended cooking equipment like stoves or ovens. Often these forms of kitchen fires are fueled by dangerous cooking grease and other cooking by-products that provide the fire with accelerants which greatly enhance their destructive abilities.

To counter this, food preparations should not go unattended and a person’s kitchen appliances should frequently be inspected for damage and properly maintained. The second reason that house fires see a spike in occurrence during the winter is because of the added use of heating equipment within the home.

When winter comes so does colder weather and the colder weather causes more and more people to turn to additional sources of heat to provide their home with a comfortable, or in some cases a bearable temperature. Winter storms can also play a major role in increasing potential fire risks to a family’s home.

This is because as a winter storm hits it will sometimes knock out the power to residential neighborhoods making the use of alternative heating sources such as portable heaters and space heaters a necessity to heat one’s home until the power can be restored. Portable heaters and space heaters are the leading cause of fatal house fires every year in the United States.

This is due largely to the fact that often times they are within close proximity to individuals when a fire is ignited and typically when the fire is fatal the person using the portable heater or space heater is asleep. To avoid this form of winter house fire, simply avoid the excessive use of portable heaters and be smart when using them by not sleeping with them on and by not placing them next to flammable things such as blankets.

By being aware of where potential winter fire risks originate a family can be better prepared to stop a house fire before it starts.

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