Don’t leave candles unattended. Never, ever smoke in bed. You’ve heard these tips for fire safety before…but what about the other items in your home? What are you missing that could be a potential fire hazard? Many devices that use electricity have the potential to start a fire and result in significant smoke damage—here are the ones you need to be on the lookout for.

4 Unexpected Causes of Fires in Colorado

Electric blankets

Electric blankets keep you warm and cozy in the winter…but, if they are left unattended, overused, or used improperly, you could be covered up with a fire hazard. You don’t have to worry too much about a new electric blanket, but older models should be used with care.

Damage and age are major factors in why these devices spark. If your electric blanket is old or worn out, it might be time to retire it to avoid any fire-related issues.


You wouldn’t smoke a regular in bed or near curtains because of the danger of starting a fire, right? E-cigarettes should be treated with similar caution. While they are not directly a fire-starter, battery issues associated with e-cigarettes can be a hazard.

iPhone chargers

Almost every device today comes with a charger in tow—and what’s possibly more overused than your iPhone or smartphone charger? Overused chargers (especially with frayed wires) or ones that are added to an overloaded outlet could be a fire hazard.

Lava lamps

While it’s not the 1980s anymore, lava lamps are still popular with the kids and college-aged young adults. Even with modern lava lamps, you have to be careful. The majority of lava lamp fires are a result of overuse or accidents.

How to Prevent a Fire

House fires can happen in a flash. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 374,000 U.S. homes catch fire annually—which is roughly $8 million in damages.

To keep a fire from occurring, you’ll want to make yourself and your family members aware of general fire safety rules. Use electrical devices with care. Avoid overloading electrical outlets, never use a frayed electrical cord, and avoid plugging multiple chargers into one outlet.

Knowing common fire hazards can help you reduce your risk for fire-related incidents—here’s our list of basic fire safety tips.

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