Most Reported Causes of Fire
The National Fire Protection Association lists the frequency of reported fires by causes on their website. The following are the most frequently reported fires:
Appliances and Consumer Electronics- This list includes but is not limited to cooking equipment, heating equipment, washers and dryers, air conditioners and fans.
Child Play- Approximately 44,500 fires are started each year by children playing with matches, lighters and other fire starting materials not even knowing the dangers this type of play can cause.
Candles- Placing candles in places where they can easily catch fire and leaving them unattended.
Chemicals and Gases- Storing gases improperly and spontaneous combustion.
Holidays- Christmas trees, holiday lights and decorations.
Weather and Outside Elements- Such as lightening, brush, grass and trees.
Smoking Materials- Cigarettes and other smoking supplies.
It is important to take notice that many of the commonly reported causes of fires are preventable to some amount. It is important to take caution when utilizing anything that could have potential to start a fire. Some of the actions seem harmless, such as going to take a shower while baking in the oven. However, fires often start when we least expect it. It is better to be safe than sorry. For more information about fire visit: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics