Breaking Down The Most Common Causes Of House Fire

April 10th, 2020



House fires are deadly, and they can destroy your home and all of your property in a shockingly short period of time. No homeowner wants to be a victim of a house fire, and yet hundreds of thousands face fires in the United States each and every year. Those who experience house fires and come away with their physical health should feel lucky, but this is rarely the case when they’re looking behind them at a life seemingly destroyed. 

Fire does not discriminate. Your home, your belongings, and your area are not immune to fire. Whether it’s a fire that begins in your home, or a fire that has started nearby and spread to your structure from elsewhere, you can always fall victim to the devastation that fire leaves behind. 

Avoiding Common Fire Causes 

There are a number of common causes of house fires, and being aware of these causes can place you in a better position to avoid them. Some of the most common causes of house fires in the United States are: 

  • Cooking – Cooking healthy meals at home is a great thing to do. It saves money, it allows you to prepare healthier dishes, and it’s a way for the family to gather and work together on something everyone can enjoy. However, cooking at home is also one of the biggest causes of house fires in the United States. It’s important to give your full attention to any hot appliances or dishes while cooking and to have working smoke detectors in your kitchen so fires can be stopped quickly if they do occur. 

  • Heating units – Portable heating units are another very common cause of house fire in the United States, and particularly during the fall and winter months. It’s important to use these portable heaters strictly to the directed guidelines and to keep them away from any furniture or other pieces of property. 

  • Candles – Candles may look beautiful and leave a delightful fragrance in the air, but they should never be left unattended. An unattended candle can be knocked over or bumped, catching anything nearby with the flame. It’s important to only burn candles while providing your full attention in the same room and to keep candles far from any flammable materials. 
  • Faulty wiring – Electrical fires move quickly, and they can pop up with seemingly no warning. Wiring in homes should be inspected regularly and all wiring should only be carried out by a trained professional electrician. 

Getting Your Life Back On Track After A Fire 


Calling your local restoration company should be one of your first steps after a fire ravages your home. The professionals will work quickly and efficiently to get your life back on track, salvaging any salvageable belongings and rebuilding your home to a safe and usable state once again. If your home has been damaged by a fire, our professionals are here to help. Call us today at Bio Star Services to see what we can do for your home today.

"House Fire" by Daniel P. Fleming is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

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