Causes of Fires

Across America, there is a home fire somewhere nearly once every minute. Fires have many causes, but most of them fall into some broad basic categories: cooking, electrical, smoking, and children playing with matches and lighters are the main causes of fires. Hundreds of people die each year from the last one.

Two of your most important safety tasks in the home are to make sure children never have access to matches or lighters, and to educate them on the dangers of fire and how they’re started. These two things cannot be stressed enough. It’s absolutely critical that you never leave matches or lighters where children can get to them. If you smoke, you should never set your lighter down on an end table, coffee table, etc.


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Last Updated: 12/08/2014