For this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) wants you to “look, listen and learn” how house fires can start. The more you know about how can start in the home, the easier it will be to prevent them from happening. Here are some house fire facts you may not be aware of:

The kitchen is the most common. 

More than 50% of all house fires start in the kitchen, where flames are used to cook food and hot, flammable grease can easily collide with it, spreading rapidly and dangerously. To prevent this, keep your oven clean inside and make sure flammable items like dish towels are away from the stove top whether a burner is on or not.

Bedroom fires are also a risk. 

The cause of many bedroom fires is, ironically, the bed itself. Mattresses can be highly flammable objects, so keep candles and other flames away from them in the bedroom. Even though most mattresses made after 2007 are marketed as fire retardant, you don’t want to take chances no matter how new your mattress is.

The more you know about how can start in the home, the easier it will be to prevent them from happening.

Fire risks are huge in the living room.

Living room fires can start from a variety of sources: the fireplace, electrical cords, lighting, candles touching curtains or furniture…the list goes on. To prevent living room fires, keep candles away from flammable items, practice safe plug-in of all your electronics, and have older lighting re-wired if necessary. As for the fireplace, it should be cleaned when residue builds up to 1/8th of an inch inside.

How Your Security System Can Help with Fire Prevention

Your home security system can be your greatest ally in preventing house fires. With a smart home security system, you’ll receive a smartphone alert if smoke is detected in the home – and, your alert will say what room the smoke is coming from. The trained security operators monitoring your alarm will reach out to you immediately and make sure help is on its way to your home.

National Fire Protection Week is a great time to brush up on house fire facts, but fire safety should last long after the week is over. For more preventative house fire facts, Illinois homeowners can call contact F.E. Moran Security Solutions. We will be happy to answer your questions.

About F.E. Moran Security Solutions

Since 2003, F.E. Moran Security Solutions has been a relationship-driven security company that is provides superior customer service, quality installations and state-of-the-art monitoring – and now, our services include smart home upgrades. We are proud that one of the top 50 security companies in the U.S., ranked by SDM Magazine, is our Illinois home security company.

Jeremy Simmons
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