Top 10 Causes of House Fires (1/10)

The chief causes of house fires are clear - and so are the ways to avoid them. Here's what you need to know about preventing 10 common hazards.

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Cooking Equipment

When a pot or pan overheats or splatters greases, it can take seconds to cause a fire. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, especially if using oil or high temperatures; most kitchen fires occur because people get distracted and leave their cooking unattended. Keep combustibles (e.g. oven mitts, dish towels, paper towels) away from heat sources.

 

 

 

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