A fire can happen in your home when you least expect it. All a fire needs to grow is a spark and for the right conditions to be present. Approximately 346,800 house fires occur every year in the United States. Many house fires are preventable, so if you are aware of the fire damage risk factors, you can successfully manage your home’s fire risk. Some of these risk factors are:
• Living in a Newly Built House.Contrary to popular belief, newer homes are actually more likely to catch fire than older homes. This is because newer homes use different types of wood coating and flammable plastic in construction. These materials make it is easier for sparks to catch fire and cause fire damage to your residence. They also allow fires to spread easier and quicker and inflict more damage on your home. When choosing a home, keep this risk factor in mind.
• Rodent Infestation. If you become aware of mice or rats in your home, getting rid of them quickly reduces your risk of a house fire. Rodents like to chew through wires, which can cause a short circuit that can cause these wires to spark and cause fire damage.
• Neglecting Yard Cleaning. Fire loves dead organic matter like falling leaves and plants. One reason to get out and do the yardwork you have been putting off is because it can lower your residential fire risk. Don’t leave dead sticks, brush, or other plants around since they can be a fire waiting to happen.