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August 02, 2021

What Causes House Fires In Buffalo

When you’re a homeowner, one of the biggest dangers to your house and family members is the chance of fire. The U.S. Fire Administration calculated in 2019 that American homeowners took on approximately $1.6 billion in losses due to accidental or unattended fires. The terrible truth is fires are unpredictable and are often preventable -- if you know where to start. And, luckily, you are equipped with a monitored fire alarm that sends you help fast if you experience an outbreak.

What Causes House Fires In Buffalo?

Fires may start anywhere without notice in the home. However, you can lower the threat of a blaze if you take precautions around the following items:

  • Stoves and Ovens: Cooking is far and away the leading cause of a house fire in Buffalo. Cooking-related blazes commonly start when the kitchen goes ignored during meal preparation. Water thrown on a grease fire only works to expand a flame that would alternatively be easily handled.

  • Candles: Nodding off in a room with a lit candle is dangerous, even if you’re using a deep candle holder. The flame is more than capable of catching a curtain ablaze if left near a window, and pets can knock candles over. The National Fire Protection Association projects that more than 7,600 homes were damaged due to candle-related accidents between 2014-2018.

  • Electrical wires: Corroded electrical circuit interrupters, “tamper-resistant” electrical outlets, malfunctioning or incorrectly installed lighting, and cut lamp cords are all prone to sparks. Be sure not to overwhelm your outlets or plug an item in with exposed electrical components. If for any reason you hear a pop or smell smoke from the outlet, turn the breaker off ahead of checking it out.
  • Space Heaters: Skip over coiled space heaters because junk, like dust bunnies, paper or plastic scraps, or covers can accidentally make contact and catch fire. However, you should also check on fan and ceramic space heaters whenever the device is in use.
  • Cigarettes: In 2014 alone, U.S. fire departments fought blazes in more than 17,000 home fires triggered by cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. So if you have a smoker that smokes indoors, be certain they never pass out with a cigarette or lay in bed with one. And fully put out your cigarette before you throw it into a waste bin.

A Monitored Smoke Detector Can Help When It Senses A Fire

If a fire should spark, you will need to have a speedy detection system to notify your spouse and children before it gets serious. A traditional smoke alarm might be sufficient but is limited to alerting you if smoke is really billowing. A state-of-the-art fire alarm -- a security device that's tied to your home security devices -- is powerful enough to discover both smoke and excess heat and can do more to make sure everyone is safe.

A monitored fire alarm has multiple ways it can warn you of a fire. Your alarms can inform your family with an incredibly loud siren and a message to your cell phone. All the while, your 24/7 monitoring experts will contact the fire department. And if you're ever somewhere where you can't race home when a fire blazes, you can be reassured that your monitoring agent can help coordinate contact between you and the fire department.

Get Your Monitored Fire Alarms From Secure24 Alarm Systems

The possibility of house fires in Buffalo should never be written off, but you can have peace of mind if you have a monitored fire alarm on the premises. Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems, and we’ll help you place all the safety detectors you need with a comprehensive home security system. Call (716) 219-8231 or submit the form below to begin.