Top Causes of House Fires and the Need for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration


Here at APR Restoration, we have seen the damage caused by fires all over the Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Cary, Jacksonville, Fuquay-Varina areas and across Central and Eastern North Carolina. While a fire can start for myriad reasons, if you know the top reasons that cause these fires it may help you stay vigilant so that you won’t need fire and smoke damage restoration services.


Kitchen Fires

The most common type of fire in the house is a kitchen fire. In fact, approximately two out of five fires in the home start when there is food being cooked in the kitchen. These kitchen fires don’t just cause 44% of home fires, they are also responsible for 15% of home fire fatalities and 38% of home fire related injuries. We’ve all tried to do multiple tasks while cooking, but ultimately this is often what causes this extremely high number of home fires that require people to need fire restoration and smoke restoration services. This is especially true when frying as oil and grease fires are extremely dangerous, so when frying it’s important to make sure that is your priority.


Electrical Fires

Unfortunately, APR Restoration has seen our fair share of home electrical fires in the Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Cary, Jacksonville, Fuquay-Varina areas. These electrical fires account for approximately 51,000 fires every year and are responsible for more than 500 deaths, upwards of 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damages every year. You may want to pay especially close attention if you have an older home. Often modern appliances are placed in older homes that are not equipment with the necessary wiring to support those home accessories. Finally, note that you should always pay attention to the recommended wattage for your lighting fixtures, as the use of a bulb utilize a higher wattage is a fire hazard.


Heater Fires

More common in the winter, heating equipment is another leading cause of house fires, on average causing about 52,000 home fires every year. This includes many from portable electric space heaters. A major part of preventing these fires is making sure you only use one heater per electrical circuit. Additionally, if you are using an extension cord you want to be sure it is not overly-warn and is still of good quality. Finally, you want to be careful how close you place your portable space heaters to flammable objects such as blankets or flammable furniture.


What If I Need Help?

APR Restoration has three locations from which we deploy our services from across North Carolina. 

  • Our Raleigh location extends to Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Clayton, Lillington, and Fayetteville.
  • Our Wilmington location also covers Wrightsville Beach, Jacksonville, and North Carolina’s southern coastline.
  • Our New Bern location also encompasses New Bern, Jacksonville, Kinston, and Goldsboro.


APR Restoration offers residential and commercial services, so if you find yourself in need of fire restoration or smoke restoration services, let us help by contacting us at 877-942-7762 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment today.

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