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

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If you're looking for a good reason to quit smoking, consider this. As the fifth leading cause of house fires, smoking kills 580 people a year and injures another 1,280. Most smoking-related fires start indoors, so if you absolutely can't or won't quit, smoke outside and put out your butts in a sand-filled can. And if you insist on smoking indoors, don't smoke in a home where oxygen is used. Extinguish your butts completely and soak them before throwing them in the trash.

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