1. 8 Bad Habits That Could Burn Your House Down

    8 Bad Habits That Could Burn Your House Down

    Home fires increase during the winter months. These 8 habits could put you at higher risk, read on to make sure you're not unintentionally putting your family in harm's way!

    Fire safety is a hot-button topic (pun intended) — and rightly so. During a recent five-year study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to 1,000 home fires every day, on average. That's 42 every hour, causing roughly $228 in damage each second.

    "The majority of home fires can be prevented by taking some very simple steps," says Lorraine Carli of the ...

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    1. The majority of home fires can be prevented by taking some very simple steps.
    2. When you don't leave space around electrical appliances, you're not allowing the heat they generate to dissipate.
    3. It only takes a few seconds for abandoned cooking to catch fire.
    4. Connecting cords overloads them, which can cause a short circuit that can result in a fire.
    5. In general, power strips are not designed to regulate power flow or block surges.
    6. You should never have an appliance on that is not properly tended to, especially if leaving the house.
    7. They're OK, the food does not get hot enough or boil to cause a big fire concern.
    8. Lint that collects on the filter, around the drum, and in the vents, can catch fire from the heat of the dryer.
    9. Candles can be blown over or knocked over by pets.
    10. Creosote, the oily substance that builds up when you burn things in your fireplace, is a leading cause of chimney fires.
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