Fact or Fiction - Common Causes of Housefires

A few weeks ago, one of our viewers asked us what percentage of house fires were caused by electrical failure. After we conducted some research to determine the answer, we decided it would be interesting to pose the question to some of our other viewers. We conducted a poll asking people to identify what they thought the most frequent cause of house fires was. What do you think, did our participants guess right?

Hi and welcome to SaveOnEnergy.com's Fact or Fiction. Today, we're going to look at common causes of house fires in the United States. While our polling indicates that most people believe cooking to be the primary cause of house fires, several of our respondents also chose electrical failures or candles.

So, is cooking the leading cause of house fires in the U.S.?

It is a fact that cooking is the number one cause of house fires, accounting for 43 percent of fires from 2007-2011, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. While our poll participants got that right, they voted electrical failure and candles as the second and third most likely causes of house fires. In reality, electrical failure ranks fourth, and candles rank ninth, making up just 9 percent of all U.S. household fires.

So there you have it. Join us next time on SaveOnEnergy.com's Fact or Fiction to find out whether closing air vents in unused rooms really saves energy.

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