On average, more than 300,000 house fires occur each year in the U.S. — and most of them are preventable. Make sure to check your smoke alarms and familiarize yourself with the fire hazards around your home — especially these surprising ones:
- Dust bunnies: If dust collects near electrical sockets and floor heaters, just one spark can cause a fire. Sweep or vacuum your floors regularly to prevent buildup. Pay close attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as behind doors or around entertainment systems.
- Clothes dryers: Cleaning the lint trap should be part of your regular laundry routine. Left untouched, lint can build up in your dryer duct with every load of laundry. Have a professional inspect and clean your dryer at least once a year to help eliminate a fire hazard.
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