Smoking materials—including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars—started 60 fatal fires so far this year.
If you’re a smoker, take it outside. Smoking materials are most likely to lead to house fires when people smoke inside. According to the NFPA, most deaths by fires in the home via smoking started in living rooms, family rooms, dens, or bedrooms.
Be sure to use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Discarding cigarettes in vegetation—mulch, potted plants, and the like—is dangerous, as those materials can ignite easily.
Your kitchen can prove deadly too, especially when you fail to keep an eye on the stove. So far this year, 49 civilian home fire fatalities have been cooking-related.
The best thing you can do to prevent house fires while cooking is to stay in the kitchen, keep an eye on your food, and check it often. Especially during the holidays; the NFPA reports that Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires.
Heating equipment—heating systems, fireplaces, and space heaters—contributed to 23 fatal fires caused by heating so far in 2018.
Most heating equipment-related fires occur in the cold weather months— December, January, and February—so stay vigilant as winter approaches.
If you’re fond of cozying up to the fireplace, ensure your chimney is clean. Keep anything flammable—mattresses, clothing or anything else that can burn—away from a heat source. Stay warm, but stay safe too.