One of the scariest thoughts for any home owner is to have a house fire. They are more common than we like to think about, and can be one of the most devastating occurrences for any family.

So where do house fires start, and how can they be prevented? Here are some of the most common areas:

Dryers: Dryers are one of the leading causes of house fires. It typically comes from a build up of lint, so be sure to clean your dryer vent regularly.

Garages: Garages are built with firewalls nowadays for very good reason. Too many homes have caught on fire from the garage. So never keep gas cans in the garage, oily rags, or other items that could catch fire.

Kitchens: Be sure to keep your vent fan free of grease and oil. Never leave anything on the stove unattended, and be sure to double check the stove before leaving the room.