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11 Common Causes of House Fires and How to Prevent Them

Bob Vila Logo By Donna Boyle Schwartz of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 12: <p>Give a curious child a match and <a href="https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/prep-for-disaster-10-things-you-ll-need-in-a-home-emergency-50969?#.WYTYy9MrJE5">disaster</a> is bound to happen. To stop children from playing with flame and unintentionally starting a fire, lock away matches and lighters. Teach kids that fire isn’t a toy, and never leave any young person unattended with stoves, candles, fireplaces, or other flame-producing objects. </p><br><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/8-dangerous-secrets-your-home-may-be-hiding-48583?#.WYTYl9MrJE4">8 Dangerous Secrets Your Home May Be Hiding</a></strong></p>

Fire is one of the most fearsome and deadly calamities that can strike a home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 365,500 home fires occurred in America in 2015, causing 2,650 civilian deaths and more than $7 billion in property damage. But don’t panic—instead, prepare: Most home fires can be avoided simply by taking reasonable precautions and keeping up with regular cleaning and maintenance tasks. Here are 11 often-ignored fire hazards lurking in your home, with tips on safeguarding your property from flames.

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