house fire safety tipsThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that house fires are the most common cause for fire deaths in the United States. According to the NFPA, there were 403,000 residential fires in 2008, resulting in 2,780 deaths and 13,560 injuries. Below are 3 common ways fires start in the home, along with house fire safety tips you can use to help prevent one in the first place:

1. Cooking

According to the NFPA, cooking fires account for approximately 40% of all house fires. Always stay close to your stove when it is turned on. This will help prevent anything on the stove from catching fire. Keeping an up-to-date fire extinguisher in your kitchen will help to prevent further damage in case of an accidental fire.

2. Heating

Heating fires are the 2nd most common cause of house fires. Alternative heating methods like portable space heaters, kerosene heaters, & wood burning stoves should be carefully considered because they increase the likelihood of a fire loss. For wood burning stoves, make sure that a certified professional has installed or inspected it for safety. Have your chimney swept annually and have it inspected for cracks, blockages, or leaks. You should never use a Kerosene heater inside the home; but if you use it inside your garage or other structure, make sure it has a product certification (like UL) and it has a fuel gage, safety grill and automatic starter.

3. Miscellaneous

Candles are a great way to set the mood, and many of us like the different fragrances a candle can emit. But candles should never be left lit and unattended. When the wick gets low they should be replaced. Otherwise, the candle holder can break and wax can leak out and catch fire. Light bulbs are another fire concern. Always use the correct wattage listed on the manufacture’s warning label, and do not ever place things on top of a light bulb that is being used (like a towel, clothing, or paper).


House fires can be caused by many common activities in your home. They can happen in an instant. So, it’s best to plan ahead and implement the house fire safety tips listed above. Toccoa Insurance Agency in Northeast Georgia can provide you with multiple competitive quotes on homeowners insurance or fire insurance so that, in the evemt of an accidental fire, you will have the assurance of protection. Call us today at 706-886-2105 to learn more about homeowners and fire insurance.