The Most Common Locations for a House Fire to Begin

A house fire is something every homeowner fears, but understanding how and where fires in the home occur goes a long way toward preventing them. Read on to discover the most common locations where house fires originate, including some you might not have considered.


The kitchen is by far the most common place for house fires to start. Unattended food left on the stove is what most people think of when it comes to a kitchen fire hazard. Fires in the kitchen can easily get out of control, especially if grease is involved. Pouring water on a grease fire is a dangerous mistake. Always keep a fire extinguisher under your kitchen sink and remember that a kitchen fire should be starved of oxygen. Water can cause hot grease to splatter, leading to serious burn injuries.

Laundry Rooms

The laundry room is a surprisingly common place for household fires to originate. Washers and dryers both pose a fire hazard if they are improperly hooked up. Lint left in a dryer trap can easily catch on fire under the high temperatures of a drying cycle. Because laundry rooms are usually only occupied when changing loads, it is easy for a fire in this area to spread and go unnoticed.

Basements and Attics

Basements and attics tend to be where homeowners store most of their clutter and old appliances. This means that if a fire does break out in one of these areas, there is plenty of fuel for it to consume. Old boxes, clothes and furniture stored in an attic or basement can easily become kindling if a fire gets out of hand, so it is important to keep these areas as clutter-free as possible. Always maintain a clear path of exit through stored items and avoid leaving appliances plugged in without supervision.

Outdoor Fires

Many people fireproof their homes and forget to fireproof their yards and other outdoor areas. From tool sheds to piles of wood kept outside the house, outdoor areas are often even more prone to fire during the summer months. If anyone in your home smokes, dry grass and brush can easily catch fire, especially during times of warmer temperatures. To minimize the risk of a fire starting around your house, keep your yard clear and hydrated throughout the summer. Avoid leaving large piles of natural materials around. Not only do they pose a fire risk, but they invite termites and other pests to congregate as well. Call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 for more information on what to do after a house fire Rockford homeowners can trust. If your home does experience a fire, there are steps that can be taken to salvage your most treasured belongings after the fact. Before you throw important items away, schedule a consultation to find out if fire damage restoration is an option.
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