Knowing the potential causes of a fire within your home can help prevent one from happening in the first place. Here are the top three causes of house fires in the United States:

  1. Cooking: It sure is fun to mix it up in the kitchen, but, when you do, always make sure that you’re being safe! Never leave pots and pans unattended. Anything can happen while you’re cooking, so you want to make sure that you’re there to react if something happens. In the event that you do start a fire in your kitchen, don’t panic! Most kitchen fires are grease fires, and they can be quickly extinguished by covering the pan with a metal lid, which deprives the fire of oxygen.
  2. Electrical Appliances: Believe it or not, all those fun gadgets and gizmos that you’ve got lying around can be a potential fire hazard. With so many things to plug in and use these days, it’s important to make sure that you’re not overloading your circuits! If you ever plug something in and it creates sparks, make sure to unplug it immediately.
  3. Heating Appliances: Go figure that the things the supply heat to your home might be potential fire hazards! In general, most heating appliances are entirely safe. However, space heaters have always been particularly troublesome when in comes to house fires. When using one, always make sure that it has adequate clearance from nearby furniture and fabrics. It should also go with out saying, but sadly sometimes doesn’t, that space heaters which rely on internal combustion should never be used indoors. Just don’t do it!

Wherever any of these factors are present in your home, make sure that the area is adequately covered by a smoke detector. Crossfire’s state-of-the-art smoke detectors make an excellent choice, and will keep your family safe in the event of the worst!