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The most common causes of house fires

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Firm News

A house fire can be devastating, and it is something that can impact anybody. The trouble with house fires is that they can start and spread rapidly within a matter of seconds. Not only can this lead to a potential loss of life, but also significant property damage.

Outlined below are some of the most common causes of house fires.

Cooking fires

Cooking appliances are the number one cause of house fires. They can be the result of faulty equipment or simply a pan that has been unattended for a few minutes. The problem with these fires is that they can spread quickly. It is not recommended that someone tackles the fire on their own unless they are sure that it is still under control. The best option is to evacuate the house as quickly as possible and call 911.

Even fires that are contained in the kitchen can result in serious interior damage and even structural damage to the property.

Electrical fires

Another common cause of house fires in Florida is faulty wiring. Many of the electrical components and wiring systems in a house are hidden from plain sight. This means that property owners may not get any kind of warning before an electrical fire ignites.

Candle fires

Candles can make for an ambient atmosphere and the scents can really freshen up the home, too. However, the reality is that candles are also dangerous. They shouldn’t be left unattended, and they should always be blown out before going to sleep. If you have pets, such as dogs, then candles should not be placed at a height where the dogs can knock them over.

Damage from a house fire can leave you with no option but to make a homeowner’s insurance claim. This process can be tricky to navigate, so it helps to have legal guidance on your side.