Residential Fires 101

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A house fire is one of the worst things that can happen to your home. Depending on the conditions, it could be contained in one room or spread drastically and quickly throughout. No matter what, it will leave you with lasting damage and extensive repairs.

Common Causes of Residential Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than one-quarter of reported fires in 2015-2019 occurred in homes. Even more impactful, three-quarters of civilian fire deaths were caused by home fires.

To prevent a fire at home, you have to first be aware of the most common causes of residential fires. According to research and studies were done between 2015 and 2019, experts have come up with this list of the most common causes:

  • Kitchen fires from cooking are responsible for 49% of fires
  • Heating equipment is responsible for 13% of fires
  • Electrical and lighting equipment are responsible for 9% of fires
  • Intentional fires make up 7% of home fires
  • Smoking materials are responsible for 5% of fires

Another interesting note is that while smoking is responsible for only 5% of home fires, it is responsible for 23% of home fire deaths, making it the leader in that category.

With so much opportunity for fires to start in our homes, we have to make sure we’re as diligent as possible about keeping fire hazards to a minimum and maintaining awareness around inevitable hazards at all times. Unfortunately, we can do nothing to completely eliminate fire hazards, but education and prevention can go a long way in protecting yourself and your home.

Lasting Damage of Residential Fires

Understandably so, when a fire strikes at home, the first thought is of the flames, smoke, and immediate danger they put you and your family in. But fires also cause a lot of lasting damage that can’t be erased with a bucket of water.

Luckily, there’s a team of professionals at FP Property Restoration dedicated to this exact scenario. Our post-fire services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ash and soot cleanup
  • Smoke removal and cleanup
  • Contents cleaning (on-site or off-site)
  • Odor treatment and deodorization
  • Air quality improvement
  • Sanitization

How We Can Help

If your home has fallen victim to a fire, call in a team of professionals you can trust. Before letting a restoration team into your home, make sure that they have the following available for you to review:

  • Copy of their Florida contracting license
  • Copies of their workers’ compensation insurance
  • Copies of their liability insurances (make sure the amounts cover the value of your property; many contractors are grossly underinsured)
  • No less than five fire damage-related references
  • A written estimate and timeline for the repairs
  • A written warranty for the fire damage repair work will be provided.
  • Pictures of work that has been completed in the past

Don't hire them if they can’t provide you with any of the above.

For reliable service from a team, you can trust, reach out to our restoration professionals at FP Property Restoration. Visit our website for more information about the services that we provide, and give us a call at (888) 408-2335 to speak with a representative.

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