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Heating Devices Can Cause Fires

Oct 12, 2007
There is not a homeowner in the world that wants to have to clean up after a house fire, but this is a common occurrence around the world, no matter how careful you might be. You can go through your whole life and never even see a single tiny grease fire in the kitchen and your house still burn to the ground.

On the same token, you can have several small fires on your stove or in other parts of your house, and the entire thing still be standing tall when you are ninety years old. But, do not think that it all comes down to luck, because it most certainly does not.

The likelihood of a fire burning your house down is directly related to how closely you pay attention to the electrical items in your home. This includes maintenance on large appliances and whether you are using small electrical appliances correctly or not.

One thing that most people do not think about causing a house fire is a curling iron. These have been used by women to curl their hair for many years, but leaving an electric one on and unattended for any period of time is not a good idea. They can cause not only burns on any small children or pets that may run into the cord, but can also cause things to catch on fire depending on where you are using it in the house.

Another item that needs to be used carefully is the space heater. These come in all shapes and sizes, but the general consensus is to never leave these on for extended periods of time and to not use extension cords with them. If you have to use an extension cord, make sure that it is a heavy gauge one with a marking of at least 14. If you can stand to turn them off while you are sleeping, it is a good idea to do so, since many fires of this nature happen at night when no one is awake to watch the heater.

A winter item that you need to be just as careful with is the electric blanket. There have been reports of people waking up with their beds on fire because they left them on while they were sleeping. You also do not want to put pressure on the heating elements in these blankets, since they are easily damaged.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of quality
Miami Residential Water Damage Restoration Contractors and
Orlando water Damage companies.
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