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Most common causes of domestic fires in the Us

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Houses, apartments, duplexes...homes. Why are they catching fire?

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smoking in bed Report Abuse
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Electrical wiring and panel Report Abuse
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Heating equipment Report Abuse
heaters (oil, electric, plug in...tip over heaters), heating pads, heating blankets...
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Christmas tree lights on a dry tree Report Abuse
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Suspicous causes Report Abuse
Rags piled up against the gas water tank?
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Gasoline or other burning liquid Report Abuse
oil, lighter fluid, etc
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According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA): * A kitchen fire occurs every 8 minutes in the United States * Unattended cooking is responsible for 70% of these fires * Over 53% of Americans admit to walking away from the kitchen while cooking. * Seniors are the highest risk group in North America o More than 1,200 Americans over the age of 65 die as a result of fire and more than 3,000 are injured due to residential fires o Seniors between the age of 65 and 75 have a fire death rate twice that of the national average o And adults between 75 and 85 are four times as likely to die from fire * 43% of people who have died in cooking fires were asleep at the time * Cooking accounts for 42% of all apartment fires * Cooking is the leading cause of fire on college campuses * Approximately 12.3 million cooking fires each year are unreported
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Open screen on the fireplace Report Abuse
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Putting hot coals in the garbage Report Abuse
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Open flame - candle Report Abuse
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# Over the last decade, candle fires have almost tripled. In 1999 alone, an estimated 15,040 home fires started by candles were reported to fire departments. These fires resulted in 102 deaths, 1,473 injuries, and an estimated property loss of $278 million. # 40% of US home candle fires begin in the bedroom.
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Smoking materials Report Abuse
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Overloaded electrical outlet Report Abuse
They have two plugs for a reason. Adding power strips is not good.
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Major Appliances Report Abuse
Dish washer, dryer, washer, water tank, heater
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Other cooking equipment Report Abuse
The oven, the toaster, the electric coffeepot that ran dry and was still on...etc
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Air conditioner or swamp cooler Report Abuse
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Chimney Fire Report Abuse
Fireplace chimney's need to be regularly cleaned and repaired
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Child playing Report Abuse
With matches, or bumping into the table holding a burning candle or the Iron or the heater...etc
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Exposure to another fire Report Abuse
Brush, other house or apartment, etc
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Tools Report Abuse
Glue gun, drill, (think garage and things left plugged in)
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Not cooking/not heating but OTHER equipment Report Abuse
Curling irons, plug in air fresheners, irons, faulty wiring in TV's, Lamps etc...
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Stored combustibles Report Abuse
Extra paint, fertilizer, bug spray...
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