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August 02, 2021

What Causes House Fires In Port St. Lucie And Ways To Avoid Them

As a homeowner, one of the scariest perils to your property and family members is the potential for a fire. The U.S. Fire Administration estimated in 2019 that American homeowners suffered nearly $1.6 billion in damages as the result of accidental or careless fires. Unfortunately, fires are sudden and many times avoidable -- with a little knowledge of where to start. And, fortunately, you are equipped with a monitored fire alarm that sends you aid immediately if you undergo an outbreak.

What Causes House Fires In Port St. Lucie?

Fires may start anywhere at any time in the house. However, you can lower the risk of fire if you take precautions around the following household objects:

  • Stoves and Ovens: Cooking is the leading cause, by a huge margin, of a house fire in Port St. Lucie. Cooking-related flames most often start when the kitchen is left neglected while cooking food. Water used on a grease fire only works to expand a flame that would on the other hand die out.

  • Candles: Nodding off in a space with a lit candle is risky, even when you use a deep candle holder. The flame is more than capable of catching a curtain on fire if left near a window, and animals can knock candles over. The National Fire Protection Association approximates that greater than 7,600 houses were damaged because of candle-related fires between 2014-2018.

  • Electrical wires: Faulty electrical circuit interrupters, “tamper-resistant” electrical outlets, malfunctioning or incorrectly installed lighting, and split lamp cords is a big risk. Be sure not to overwhelm your outlets or plug an item in with bare wiring. On the off chance you hear a pop or detect smoke from the outlet, power down the breaker off before checking it out.
  • Space Heaters: Skip over coiled space heaters because junk, like pet fur, paper or plastic scraps, or bed sheets can end up in and spark up. However, you should also check on fan and ceramic space heaters whenever the device is in usage.
  • Cigarettes: Just in 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 17,000 house fires caused by cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. So if you have a smoker who partakes inside, ensure they never pass out with a cigarette or lay in bed with one. And fully put out your tobacco items before you throw it into a garbage can.

A Monitored Smoke Detector Will Help When You Have A Fire

If a fire does start, you will need to have an effective discovery system to notify your spouse and children as soon as possible. An ordinary smoke alarm might be sufficient but is limited to alerting you if smoke is abundant. An advanced fire alarm -- a piece of equipment that's tied to your home security system -- can sense both smoke and rising temperatures and has more features to make sure your family is safe.

A monitored fire alarm has multiple methods by which it can inform you of rising heat. Your alarms can alert your loved ones with an ear-piercing alarm and an alert to your smartphone. All the while, your ever-vigilant monitoring experts will contact the fire department. And if you find yourself somewhere where you aren’t able to get back in time when a fire blazes, you can have peace of mind that your monitoring agent can help coordinate contact between you and emergency personnel.

Get Your Monitored Fire Alarms From Secure24 Alarm Systems

The odds of house fires in Port St. Lucie should never be underestimated, but you can rest easier if you use a monitored fire alarm on the premises. Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems, and we’ll help you place all the smoke detectors you need with a cutting-edge home security system. Call (772) 237-3604 or fill out the form below to get started.