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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Amanda Martin

Los Angeles

"Micky at Bright Restoration is so kind and helpful. He went out of his way making my kitchen look better than when I first moved into my home. I am so impressed with the quality of his work and work ethic, and highly recommend that if you call Bright Restoration that you ask for Micky."

Michelle Wong

Sherman Oaks

"I am very happy with their services. Micky was the one who came in to help restore the fire damage in the kitchen and he arrived withing 20 minutes of my call. He was very professional about the process and made sure that everything was taken care of. I am very thankful to them for all their hard work in restoring my kitchen from the fire damage!"

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