Do you know what the top three causes of fires in homes are? From your day-to-day lives, a house fire might not be something that is always on your mind. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), cooking, heating equipment, and electrical malfunctions are the top ways that usually start a house fire. This information may not be new, but it puts into perspective just how easily a house fire can occur without proper fire safety knowledge.

A lack of basic fire safety knowledge puts many people at unnecessary risk. “An average of 350,00 homes experience a structural fire each year”, states the National Fire Prevention Association. To illustrate that statistic even further, there are seven deaths each day in relation to house fires every year. A house fire can cause more than just damage to your home. This is why it is important to make sure you are following basic safety protocols and take the steps necessary to keep you, your home, and others safe.

Fortunately, many Americans do know how to prevent a house or business fire or what steps to take if a fire does occur. A survey of 1,500 Americans run by TheZebra.com was used to discover the statistics of their basic fire safety knowledge and practices. Based on their survey findings, TheZebra.com was able to determine that, “70.3% of respondents own or have access to a fire extinguisher at their home.” TheZebra.com also found that, “Almost one fifth (19.3%) of respondents do not have a fire evacuation plan for their home.” Be sure to discuss, create and implement a fire evacuation plan for your home or business.

Along with damage from house or business fires, there often comes water damage from extinguishing the fire. ERS provides emergency restoration for fire and water damage throughout middle Tennessee. We primarily service Williamson, Rutherford and Davidson counties. We are available 24-7 to provide support, repair and renovation for your home or business. You can contact us at 615-898-8258 and our team will be happy to assist in any way we can. We hope you never need us, but if you do—we are there.

Sources: https://www.thezebra.com/resources/research/house-fire-statistics/