According to the Alberta Fire Commissioner’s Annual Statistical report, there were a total of 3,744 fires in the years 2013 and 2014 (the most recent information we have available). That means that there were an average of a little more than five fires in Alberta per day. Over two years, these fires caused about $400,000,000 worth of damage. At MBS Insurance Ltd., we offer house insurance options to everyone in the Edmonton area to help protect them from the worst effects of devastating home fires.
The truth is that most home fires are preventable. With the right information and a decent amount of care, the most common causes of fires can be dealt with before they become a problem. So you know exactly what to prepare for, here are the top ten most common causes of house fires in Alberta:
- Kitchen accidents are one of the two most common causes of house fires. From grease fires to working with open flames, there are a lot of dangers in the kitchen. Don’t leave stovetops unattended, be sure to keep an eye on your appliances at all times and have a fire extinguisher ready for use in the kitchen.
- Smoking related accidents are the other biggest cause of fire. Be sure smokers have convenient and safe ways of disposing of cigarettes at all times. Similarly, you should never smoke in bed.
- Heating equipment should be inspected by a professional annually to check for any potential wear and tear that could lead to a fire breaking out.
- Electrical appliances should be checked for frayed wires regularly and only be used according to their manuals’ instructions.
- Candles should never be left unattended and should always be kept on level surfaces, solidly placed in candleholders.
- Accidents involving children are common causes of fire. Never allow a child to play with something that could cause a house fire and keep all flammable materials stored out of their reach.
- If your lights dim when you plug in an appliance or you frequently have blown fuses, you may have faulty wiring and be at risk for a house fire.
- Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, paints and thinners can all ignite if improperly stored.
- Christmas tree related accidents are a seasonal threat. Trees should always be kept in about three litres of water and be displayed away from any heat sources such as radiators.
- Be sure to clean any home barbecues regularly. Improperly cared for grills can also cause home fires.