According to the U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), FEMA, and Ready.gov, the top three causes of residential fires are cooking, heating equipment, and electrical malfunctions. Nearly 30% of all fires start in homes. The majority of house fires occur in the colder months when Americans are using their fireplaces, overloading heating equipment and electrical services, and cooking more. People are also more distracted, and this leads to costly mistakes with perilous consequences.
A daily activity – cooking – is the leading cause of house fires in the U.S. Following this is faulty heating equipment and electrical malfunctions. Be sure your electrical system and all appliances are up to code and safe to use.
We believe that even one death due to a house fire is too many. Review these fire safety tips, and take all the precautions you can. Installing the proper fire prevention measures in your house saves lives, first and foremost. It will also save you from the loss of precious possessions, and higher insurance rates.
Pull The Pin
Aim Low at the Base of the Fire
Squeeze the Handle Slowly
Sweep the Nozzle Side to Side
The safest solution to this very real threat in your home is the installation of a fire alarm and sprinkler system. We tend to put our focus on luxury items for our home, like granite counters or elaborate bathroom fixtures. The real priority should be the safety of the occupants in your home. Sure a fire sprinkler system is an extra expense, but when you are investing in home building or home improvements, safety should be the top priority.
There are so many causes of house fires, many of which we can not be prepared for. Faulty wiring, a kitchen accident, acts of nature, and simple carelessness can happen at any time. While property damage and the loss of home and contents is devastating, the more sobering statistic is the loss of life that occurs with house fires.
If residential fire alarm and sprinkler systems are installed in our houses, property damage can be greatly reduced, and lives can be saved.
Placing smoke detectors throughout your home is not adequate fire protection! They often malfunction, and do not give enough warning for everyone to safely evacuate the home. You can really protect your home and family with a properly designed and installed fire protection system.
Warm Waters provides fire alarm and sprinkler installation, service and inspection for our fire alarm systems. Contact Warm Waters today to learn more!