The 5 Most Common Ways House Fires Start

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It's a sad truth: Home fires kill about 2,500 people every year, and injure 12,600 more. A fire can get out of control in just 30 seconds, and once a room is engulfed, the air at eye level is heated to a scorching 600 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hot enough to burn your lungs when inhaling. The good news is that home fires can be prevented.
The 5 Most Common Ways House Fires Start

2Heaters and Chimneys

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Chimney sweepers are a symbol of good luck. That's because they prevent the second leading cause of house fires. In 2010, faulty heating equipment was responsible for an estimated 57,000 house fires. Some 37 percent started in the chimney area, but another 32 percent of heating-related house fires were caused by space heaters. Be sure to have your chimneys inspected and cleaned once a year, and if you have a fireplace or wood stove, never use it to burn paper, trash or green wood.

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