The Top 3 Reasons Fires Start in Your Home

Common, everyday tasks that typically go unnoticed can ultimately be the cause of a house fire. To help eliminate any fear that you and your family have, it’s important to invest in the proper fire safety equipment that will alert you in the case of an emergency. At First Alert, we offer a variety of products to help meet consumers' needs including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire escape ladders. Take note of the following common causes of house fires and make sure you are prepared with the proper fire safety equipment for your home!



According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number one cause of home fires is unattended cooking. Make sure that you stay in the room while you are cooking with a heat source. If you cannot stay in the room the whole time, ask another adult in the family to watch over your food. When cooking food for long periods of time, use a timer so you don't lose track of time. This is especially important around the holidays when cooking and baking more.

However, we know accidents happen so prepare your home and family by having a residential fire extinguisher on hand! Fire extinguishers should be placed on every of your home, especially in the kitchen and garage. You should also learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher to be prepared in the event you have to use one.


Heating Equipment

When the weather turns colder, we are going to heat our home. Space heaters should be used if only a small portion of your home needs to be heated. Keep your space heater away from anything that could easily catch fire, including curtains, laundry, blankets, and furniture. If your home relies on a furnace during the winter, call a professional to get it inspected once a year to ensure it is running properly.

Carbon monoxide can be produced by any fuel burning device, like your stove or furnace. For protection against a possible carbon monoxide leak, have carbon monoxide alarms. Alarms should be installed on every level of your home, outside of each sleeping area, and inside every bedroom. Test the alarms monthly to ensure it is functioning properly and replace the batteries every six months.


Faulty Wiring

Your home’s wiring likely isn’t something that you think about often. However, faulty wiring is a potential way for a house fire to start. Luckily, there are typically signs that point to the fact that your house’s wiring isn’t working correctly. Watch out for lights that dim when you use another appliance, if you are only able to use one appliance at a time, and frequently blown fuses. Be sure to also check your holiday decorations' wiring for frayed wires or broken lights.

Your first line of defense against home fires is investing in smoke alarms for your home and your family. Like carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms should also be installed on every level of your home and inside each bedroom, as well has tested monthly. Browse the First Alert site for a wide variety of smoke alarms to find the alarm that best fits your home and families' needs!