Hidden Fire Dangers in the Home

Protect your home from Hidden Fire Dangers in Home

Protect your home from Hidden Fire Dangers in Home

Some recent information about hidden fire dangers came to me that was kind of shocking. It was amazing to learn that more than 47,000 home fires were reported to U.S. fire departments involved some type of electrical failure or other household malfunction, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Here are some of the hidden fire dangers in the home which you may not have thought about.
Dishwashers
From 2010 to 2012 there were more than $11.2 million dollars in property loss due to dishwasher fires. When liquids, such as water, come in contact with appliance wires; the appliance can be at risk for a fire. Dishwashers have a heating element and/or motor which can lead to a fire.
Recommendation: Never leave your home with your dishwasher running.  You should never go to bed with the dishwasher running.
Rodents
While homes here in Florida don’t typically experience the cold weather which homes in the north experience.  Many of our communities were built in areas that were known for Orange Groves.  Small creatures such as squirrels and rats may make a home in the attic insulation. Rats and squirrels are both know to chew on the rubber-covering electrical lines which could create a fire risk.
Recommendation: Check around the eaves of your home and in the attic for evidence of rodents.  If you see any droppings or critters, call an exterminator. Holes in eaves and openings in the attic should be closed to prevent infestations.
Jars and glass objects
One of the other hidden fire dangers in the home is one that you may not think about.  Our Florida sun can be very hot.  The suns rays can refract through glass and ignite a spark.  You should never leave oil, even cooking oil, gasoline, cleaning fluids, and paint thinners in direct sunlight.
Review your home for some of these hidden fire dangers in the home.

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