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August 02, 2021

What Causes House Fires In Los Angeles

When you’re a homeowner, one of the scariest perils to your home and family members is the risk of fire. The U.S. Fire Administration estimated in 2019 that American homeowners suffered nearly $1.6 billion in losses as the result of unintentional or unattended fires. The terrible truth is fires are sudden and are often stoppable -- if you know where to start. And, fortunately, you are ready with a monitored fire alarm that gets you aid immediately should you experience an incident.

What Causes House Fires In Los Angeles?

Fires can spark in nearly any place at any time in the house. However, you can lessen the threat of a blaze if you take precautions around the following household objects:

  • Stoves and Ovens: Cooking is far and away the leading cause of a house fire in Los Angeles. Cooking-related blazes commonly begin when the kitchen is left neglected during meal preparation. Water used on a grease fire can quickly spread a flame that would otherwise die out.

  • Candles: Going to sleep in a room with a burning candle is risky, even if you’re using a deep candle holder. The flame can easily catch a curtain on fire if left near a window, and animals can topple candlesticks in their playing. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that just over 7,600 houses were damaged because of candle-related fires between 2014-2018.

  • Electrical wires: Faulty electrical circuit interrupters, “tamper-resistant” electrical outlets, aging or incorrectly installed lighting, and split lamp cords are all prone to sparks. Be sure not to overwhelm your outlets or plug an item in with bare wires. On the off chance you hear a pop or catch a whiff of smoke from the outlet, power down the breaker off prior to checking it out.
  • Space Heaters: Avoid coiled space heaters because waste, like pet fur, paper, or bed sheets can find their way in and catch fire. However, you need to make sure to oversee fan and ceramic space heaters whenever the device is in use.
  • Cigarettes: Just in 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 17,000 house fires started by smoking paraphernalia. If you have tobacco products in the house, be certain they never take a nap with a cigarette or smoke in bed. And fully snuff out your tobacco items before you throw it into a waste bin.

A Monitored Smoke Detector Does Help When You Have A Fire

If a fire happens to break out, you definitely want to have an effective warning system to inform your loved ones before it gets serious. A traditional smoke alarm could suffice but is limited to alerting you if smoke is really billowing. A state-of-the-art fire alarm -- a piece of equipment that's connected to your home security network -- is powerful enough to detect both smoke and climbing heat and is better equipped to ensure everyone’s safety.

A monitored fire alarm has several methods by which it can warn you of smoke. Your alarms will notify your family with an ear-piercing alarm and a message to your mobile device. Then your ever-vigilant monitoring experts will contact the fire department. And should you be somewhere where you can't get home when a fire blazes, you can be reassured that your monitoring agent can help coordinate communication between you and first responders.

Utilize Monitored Fire Alarms From Secure24 Alarm Systems

The odds of house fires in Los Angeles should never be written off, but you can rest assured if you have a monitored fire alarm on the premises. Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems, and we’ll help you get all the safety sensors you need with a comprehensive home security system. Call (310) 421-1393 or fill out the form below to get started.