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August 02, 2021

What Causes House Fires In Naperville And Ways To Avoid Them

When you’re a homeowner, one of the biggest perils to your house and loved ones is the risk of fire. The U.S. Fire Administration projected in 2019 that American homeowners suffered about $1.6 billion in costs as the result of unintentional or negligent fires. The terrible truth is fires are unpredictable and are often preventable -- with a little knowledge of where to act. And, luckily, you are ready with a monitored fire alarm that sends you aid immediately if you ever have an incident.

What Causes House Fires In Naperville?

Fires can happen anywhere without notice in the home. However, you can lessen the danger of a house fire if you take safety measures around the following objects:

  • Stoves and Ovens: Cooking is far and away the leading cause of a house fire in Naperville. Kitchen-related fires commonly start when the kitchen is left neglected while making the meal. Water thrown on a grease fire can quickly spread a flame that would otherwise die out.

  • Candles: Nodding off in a room with a burning candle is problematic, even when you use a recessed candle holder. The flame is more than capable of catching a curtain ablaze if left on a window sill, and pets can knock candles over. The National Fire Protection Association projects that just over 7,600 houses were damaged because of candle-related fires between 2014-2018.

  • Electrical wires: Corroded electrical circuit interrupters, “tamper-resistant” electrical outlets, degrading or poorly installed lighting, and cut lamp cords can all cause a fire. Be sure not to overburden your outlets or plug an item in with uncovered electrical components. And if you hear crackling or catch a whiff of smoke from the outlet, flip the breaker off before investigating.
  • Space Heaters: Skip over coiled space heaters because junk, like dust bunnies, old papers, or bed sheets can accidentally make contact and alight. However, you should also monitor fan and ceramic space heaters for the entire duration of operation.
  • Cigarettes: In 2014 alone, U.S. fire departments fought blazes in more than 17,000 house fires triggered by cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. So if you have a smoker who partakes inside, be certain they never fall asleep with a cigarette or smoke in bed. And fully snuff out your paraphernalia before you throw it into a garbage can.

A Monitored Smoke Detector Will Help When There’s A Fire

If a fire should start, you definitely want to have a speedy detection system to alert your family members as soon as possible. An ordinary smoke alarm could suffice but is limited to alerting you if smoke is abundant. A state-of-the-art fire alarm -- a piece of equipment that's connected to your home security system -- is able to detect both smoke and excess heat and has more features to ensure everyone’s safety.

A monitored fire alarm has many methods by which it can alert you of smoke. Your alarms can alert your family with an incredibly loud tone and a notification to your smartphone. All the while, your ever-vigilant monitoring experts gets a hold of the fire department. And if you find yourself somewhere where you’re unable to race you your house when a fire breaks out, you can rest assured that your monitoring agent will facilitate communication between you and the fire department.

Utilize Monitored Fire Alarms From Secure24 Alarm Systems

The chance of house fires in Naperville should never be underestimated, but you can rest assured if you install a monitored fire alarm on the premises. Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems, and we’ll help you place all the fire sensors you need with a comprehensive home security system. Call (630) 360-2986 or send in the form below to get started.