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Some may be unaware of main cause of house fires

Posted On Tue, October 6, 2009

This week marks fire protection week, though many people may not realize that the leading cause of house fires is located in a rather obvious place.

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) noted that the leading cause of home fires, which are covered by home insurance policies, is cooking in the home. However, a recent survey from Liberty Mutual shows that many moms in the country don't realize this.

Only 8 percent of responding moms realized that cooking is the largest cause of home fires. Furthermore, only 10 percent of moms in the survey felt concerned that cooking could start a fire in their homes.

"Taking steps to keep your family safe from home fires begins with an appreciation for the magnitude of the potential danger," Greg Gordon, senior vice president of consumer marketing at Liberty Mutual, said. "Not only is cooking the leading cause of home fires, but also the leading cause of fire-related injury."

Along with realizing the causes of home fires, the NFPA recommends that families develop an escape plan. Doing so would include mapping out two exits for every room, setting up a meeting place and practicing the plan at least twice a year.

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