According to the U.S Fire Administration, the national estimate for building fires and losses in 2020 shows eye-opening data.
192,600 cooking fires
33,000 heating fires
27,800 other unintentional, careless fires
23,400 electrical malfunction fires
$8,604,400,000 in dollar loss
28,600 cooking fires
14,600 intentional fires
12,200 other unintentional, careless fires
6,800 electrical malfunction fires
$3,289,600,000 in dollar loss
With many people turning to space heaters or fireplaces to keep warm this fall and winter and extra time being spent in the kitchen preparing holiday meals, remember these important tips:
- In case of an oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it is cool. Have the oven checked by a qualified professional before using it again.
- If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately. Never open the door until the fire is out.
- Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance directly into a wall outlet at a time, and never use an extension cord with heat-producing appliances.
- Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.
- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source.
- For intentional fires, store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home or any nearby buildings.
- Never use gasoline to start or feed a bonfire.
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