4 Common Causes of Dayton House Fires and How to Prevent Them
Understanding the common causes of a house fire is the first step in prevention.
After a Dayton house fire breaks out, a homeowner should contact the Dayton Fire Department and a reliable Dayton fire restoration company to prevent further damages. Did you know, on average, the Dayton Fire Department receives more than 60 calls for house fires a year? The professionals at SERVPRO are not happy with the high amount of house fire calls. Our fire restoration professionals are not just available to help you with your fire damage home insurance claim, we also want to help prevent Dayton house fires from occurring altogether.
This blog post aims to help the locals of Dayton, Ohio, understand the potential causes of Dayton house fires. We will be going over the four most common causes and how these causes of fires can be prevented.
Dayton house fires can cause severe damages.
Every Dayton house fire is different, and the amount of damage present in the residential property will dictate the amount of time necessary to restore the damaged property.
A house fire in Dayton will leave the two main types of damages:
1) Structural damage
The structural damage caused by a Dayton house fire may be one of the most costly repairs. The fire restoration process can take anywhere from one to three months, depending on the severity of the damages.
2) Contents damage
During a Dayton house fire, the contents within a home will be left damaged. Therefore, the damaged items will need to be professionally cleaned to remove all indications of fire damage. The contents of a home can be cleaned in as little as one week or may take up to three months, depending on the severity.
4 Common causes of Dayton house fires with prevention tips
The following list of common causes of Dayton house fires is listed in order from most common to least.
1) Cooking Related Fires
Cooking-related fires are the most common cause of house fires in Dayton. Cooking-related fires are easily preventable by always staying close by and watching the entire cooking process: if you see or smell smoke, stop what you are doing and turn off all heating sources as soon as possible.
2) Electrical fires
Electrical fires occur when there is faulty wiring insulation causing a short circuit or overloaded circuits with too many appliances running at once. If you think you may have an electrical issue or live in an older Dayton home, you should get your electrical wiring checked by a professional electrician.
3) Smoking fires
It is common for a smoking fire to occur when someone falls asleep while smoking. Therefore, it is best to smoke outside and avoid smoking near any combustible items to prevent a smoking-related fire.
4) Candle fires
Candles will make a residential home smell and feel welcoming but can also cause fire damage when placed in the wrong location. Extinguishing the candle before leaving the candlelit room and keeping the flame away from combustible materials is the best way to prevent a house fire from occurring.
As you can see, house fires can cause severe damages to the structure and the sentimental contents inside. We hope that you now understand the four most common causes of Dayton house fires so that you can prevent a future fire outbreak from occurring. For a further resource, check out safety tips by the National Fire Protection Association!
Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek if you recently have had a fire in your home or have additional questions on preventing a house fire from occurring. Our IICRC certified professionals are available to help 24/7, 365 days a year, for fire restoration services.