Fire can destroy much more than just a building. It can cause injury or even death, as well as destroy the memories collected over a lifetime. The single best defense against injury in the event of a home fire is proper smoke alarm installation, yet many homes remain unprotected.
The Truth About House Fires
According to the National Fire Prevention Agency, between the years 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an astounding 358,500 house fires. House fires account for an amazing 75% of all building fires in the country. On the average, 2,500 individuals die annually during fires at home with around 12,300 injuries. Besides the human toll, there is also the devastating cost of fires. An average of $6.7 billion of direct fire damage occurs every year.
So, how are these fires starting? It is important to know the most dangerous areas of the home:
Cooking equipment: This is the number one cause of residential fires, making the kitchen ground zero in most fire disasters.
Smoking: Smoking in the home is the top cause of deaths during a house structure fire. Cigarettes that aren’t completely extinguished can ignite carpeting or clothing. What started out as a small flame can quickly engulf a room, or even a home.
Heating equipment: This is the second most common cause of house fires and injuries and the third largest reason for fire deaths.
Now that you know the hot spots in your house, how can you take action to prevent a fire?
Proper Smoke Alarm Installation From Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling
The most effective way to prevent tragedy from happening is to equip your home with smoke alarms. At Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling, we take pride in providing smoke alarm systems to keep your home and family safe. Our attention to detail will help you better protect those you love, as well as the possessions you treasure. If you are looking for residential electrical service in White Marsh, MD, contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling today. Learn how our comprehensive smoke alarm services can help you avoid disaster.