The Most Common Causes for Residential Fires

There are a vast number of reasons why residential fires start.

There are a vast number of reasons why residential fires start. Some common causes are overloaded electrical sockets, grease fires, and dust compiling in attics. When you are a homeowner, fire prevention is essential. Depending on your habits, you may be unaware that your home is at high risk for a fire emergency. Keep reading to discover what the most common causes of residential fires are.

1) Cooking

Pots and pans hold a lot of heat which is dangerous when left unattended. When you are cooking, make sure to monitor how high the flames are and never walk away. If you need to walk away, ask someone to watch the food or turn off the stove momentarily. Hot plates are famous for causing residential fires.

2) Heating Appliances

If you own a portable heater, make sure to keep it away from anything that could catch fire such as curtains, clothing, and furniture. If you own a furnace, make sure that inspection happens once a year to ensure that it won’t be a fire hazard.

3) Bedroom Smoking

Smoking shouldn’t occur in the bedroom. When you put out a cigarette incorrectly, the butt could still be ablaze for hours and burst into flames if anything touches it. Residential fires that start in a bedroom or lounge area make up more than half of all house fires.

4) Electronics

When electrical appliances are faulty, it is a safety hazard. Sockets overloaded with double adapter plugs may cause a fire due to their being an overload of electricity. Make sure that none of the power points in your home or appliances are putting you in danger.

5) Candles

Candles are aesthetically pleasing and add ambiance to a room. However, when left unattended or if knocked over, it could cause a house fire. Make sure to sit your candles away from anything flammable or that could catch fire. If you need to leave the room, blow the candle out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Children are precious, but sometimes their curious nature may cause a fire hazard. Some children are curious about what would happen if they were to set fire to an object. Make sure to keep lighters and matches out of a child’s reach. You should also make sure that your child has a smoke detector in their room and create a fire safety plan, so they know what to do if a residential fire ever occurs.

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