With colder temperatures outside, many are spending more time in their home which increases the risk of a house fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes more than 360,000 home structure fires a year, which results in about $6-8 billion in damages. Fires can start in many ways, but can also be prevented if the correct precautions are taken. 

Here are 3 of the 8 most common fire hazards in your home and ways they can be prevented: 

1. Cooking: Cooking is the number one cause of house fires. 40% of all house fires are started from leaving pots and pans on the stove and leaving them unattended for just a few minutes according to the NFPA.

  • To prevent a fire: Keep flammable materials away from the stove and oven, never leave a hot stove unattended, and always stay alert when cooking. 
2. Candles: As beautiful and fragrant as a candle may be, the National Fire Protection Association found 10,630 fires were started by candles from 2007-2011 in the United States. 
  • To prevent a fire: Never leave a burning candle in an unoccupied room, keep candles away from flammable items, and blow out any lit candles before going to sleep or leaving a room. 
3. Washing Machines and Dryers: The NFPA reports 16,800 home structure fires were caused by clothing dryers in 2010. 
  • To prevent a fire: use a lint screen and clean it frequently, clean the dryer vent pipe, and keep flammable materials away from the dryer. 

Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Florida Peninsula Insurance Company is one of Florida's leading homeowners insurance companies, insuring more than 130,000 homes located in cities like Orlando, Sarasota, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa.