Smoking: Fires started by smoking kill more people than any other type of fire. Escape is often made more difficult because people are often:
Electrical: Electrical fires are particularly common in older homes where the wiring doesn’t always meet today’s safety standards. The main causes of electrical fires are incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.
Warning signs include:
Space heaters: Allow plenty of open space on all sides of space heaters. Use only space heaters with a “tip switch” that automatically shuts off the unit if it is tipped over.
Candles: Place candles on stable furniture where children and pets cannot knock them over. Never fall asleep while candles are burning. Keep candles away from holiday decorations, curtains, clothing, bedding and lampshades.
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