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LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and address them. If necessary, have a qualified professional correct hazards.
Cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires, causing nearly half (47%) of all home fires each year, on average. Leaving cooking unattended is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Here are some simple ways to minimize the risk of having a home cooking fire:
Heating is the second-leading cause of U.S. home fires, accounting for 15% of all reported home fires, on average each year. Failure to clean heating equipment is the leading cause of home heating fires.
To safely heat your home during the colder months, follow these tips and recommendations:
Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in the ignition of 34,000 U.S. home fires, on average each year. These fires involved equipment such as wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs.
Follow these guidelines for safety using electrical equipment and appliances in your home:
Candle fires are reported to U.S. fire departments an average of 24 times a day. More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
Use these tips and recommendations for using candles safely:
Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, are major causes of U.S. home fires. In addition, fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used, the battery was charging, or the device was being transported; battery failures have led to small explosions.
Reduce the risk of smoking-related fires by following these recommendations: