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Top causes of fire

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries. Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. Heating equipment is the second most common cause of home fire fatalities.


In This Section
  • Arson and intentional fires Most of these fires occur outside, but most of the associated deaths, injuries, and losses occur in structures, particularly in homes.
  • Candles The top three days for home candle fires are New year's Day, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
  • Cooking Includes general cooking safety info, as well as tips for microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers.
  • Electrical Safety in the home with circuit interrupters
  • Heating The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February.
  • Smoking Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
  • Young firesetters Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year.