Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances left too close to furniture or other combustibles. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period before being discovered by sleeping residents.

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KITCHEN FIRE: This video shows TWO SIMPLE STEPS for putting it out. Remember -- Turn your attention to fire prevention. Special thanks to Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue! Please share this with everyone in your household.

Posted by WVUA 23 Lynn Brooks on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Portable Space Heaters

Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.

More Prevention Tips

  • Avoid using lighted candles.
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
  • Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
  • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
  • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.
Vision 20/20 - National Strategies for Fire Loss Prevention

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