Tips For Preventing In-Home Fires
Home fires are one of a homeowner's worst nightmares because they can cause significant fire and smoke damageand serious injury to those within the home. There are many common causes of house fires such as smoking, dysfunctional heating equipment, and electrical problems and the two biggest causes are cooking and dryer vent fires. It is important for homeowners to take the necessary preventative actions in regards to cooking and their dryer vents to help avoid the disaster of a house fire. The following tips will help you prevent in-home fires from the two biggest causes.
The leading cause of house fires in the United States is cooking related activity as the U.S. Fire Administration estimates that approximately 160,000 fires per year are started by stoves, ovens, deep fryers, grills, and other cooking implements. The following are some easy tips to prevent starting an in-home fire while cooking for your family:
Dryer Vent Fires
The second leading cause of house fires in the United States is clothes dryer fires caused by lint that builds up in the dryer and dryer vent. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, approximately 15,500 house fires are started by clothes dryers and result in millions of dollars worth of damage annually. The following tips will help you prevent house fires started by clothes dryers or dryer vents:
By following these fire prevention tips, you can greatly reduce the risk of an in-home fire from the two leading causes of house fires in the United States.
Why Fire Extinguishers Are Required
Excerpt from NC State Fire Codes 2002 Edition
906.2 General requirements.
Fire extinguishers shall be selected, installed and maintained in accordance with this section and NFPA 10. .
Fire Prevention Code - 2002 Edition
Portable fire extinguishers shall be installed in the following locations.
Group A, B, E, F, H, I , M, R-1, R-2, R-4 and S occupancies.
904.11.5 Commercial cooking equipment.
Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided within a 30-foot (9144 mm) travel distance of commercial-type cooking equipment. Cooking equipment involving vegetable or animal oils and fats shall be protected by a Class K rated portable extinguisher. Top of Form
Extinguishers shall be located in conspicuous locations where they will be readily accessible and immediately available for use. These locations shall be along normal paths of travel, unless the code official determines that the hazard presented indicates the need for placement away from normal paths of travel.
Fire extinguishers shall not be obstructed
906.7 Hangers and brackets.
Hand-held portable fire extinguishers, not housed in cabinets, shall be installed on the hangers or brackets supplied. Hangers or brackets shall be securely anchored to the mounting surface in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions
906.9 Height above floor.
extinguishers having a gross weight not exceeding 40 pounds (18 kg)
installed so that its top is not more than 5 feet (1524 mm) above the
Hand-held portable fire extinguishers having a gross weight exceeding
(18 kg) shall be installed so that its top is not more than 3.5 feet
above the floor. The clearance between the floor and the bottom of
be less than 4 inches (102 mm).