Common Causes of Fire & Smoke Damage

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Common Causes of Fire & Smoke Damage

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there over 350,000 house fires in the United States annually. To put it differently, that’s one fire per every 338 households.

Cooking Equipment

The leading cause of house fires is cooking equipment. The open flames of an oven may spiral into a full blaze quickly if the dish you are cooking chars and catches fire. Even if you are not in the act of cooking, poor wiring or plumbing in cooking equipment can also lead to fires. While we would never suggest that you stop cooking in your home, we do advise everyone to stay in the kitchen or nearby while cooking. This enables you to quickly spot potential hazards before they escalate and become more dangerous.

Christmas Trees

After faulty cooking equipment, the next most common cause of home fires is Christmas trees. It should come as no surprise that Christmas trees are a fire hazard. The trees are covered in electrical lights and as the needles begin to dry out, they can easily combust. Watering your tree appropriately helps keep it looking beautiful and minimizes the risk of fire. You can also reduce your risk of home fires by taking precautions like turning the lights off when you go to bed at night or when you leave the house for long periods of time.

Candles and Fireplaces

Lastly, you will likely find that anything that maintains an active flame is a fire risk. This may include candles, fireplaces and heating appliances. Candles are particularly hazardous because it is easy to knock them over. They are a huge temptation for children. Kids are fascinated by fire and they can also be clumsy. It’s important not to leave flammable materials, matches, lighters or open flames near children.

We hope you’ve found this list helpful! At Bright Restoration, we want to help you avoid fires whenever possible. If you’re aware of the common causes of fires, you can work to reduce the risks present in your home.

Fire Damage Restoration Cost

The costs associated with fire and smoke damage restoration is completely dependent on the severity of the damage to your property. The final cost is determined by a variety of factors. Learn about them on our fire damage restoration costs page.

Fire Restoration Process

From the first contact to site inspection and review to damage mitigation, clean up and repair, we’ve customized our process to help you fully restore your home and return your family to normalcy after fire damage.

Claims & Insurance

Fire damage restoration is difficult to deal with, even without the pressure of filing an insurance claim. We have over a decade of experience working with various insurance providers, and we’ll help you navigate the claims and insurance process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fire damage itself does not cause mold, however, if water was used to put out the fire, you may be at risk. Any situation that creates moisture, such as spills underneath the refrigerator, leaks under sinks, and damp basements will create the ideal environment for mold growth.

A full-service restoration company will be able to restore your home even when you’re suffering from secondary water damage. At Bright Restoration, we’ll develop a customized restoration plan to meet your needs.

There are four main types of smoke damage. They result from protein fires, complex fires,  natural fires, and furnace malfunctions.

Protein Fire Smoke: This occurs when food in the oven or on the stove burns, leaving strong burnt odors and smoke residue on contents and surfaces.

Complex Fire Smoke: Multiple natural and synthetic household items leave black smoke residue on materials and surfaces when burned. Synthetic smoke odors occur as a result. In this instance, emergency corrosion mitigation is needed to protect at-risk surfaces.

Natural Fire Smoke: When trees, shrubs, and other greenery burn, smoke can penetrate structures from outside, leaving behind residue and a strong odor.

Furnace Malfunction Smoke: Heating appliances such as furnaces, bedroom heaters, etc. malfunction and cause smoke to be distributed throughout the property.

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