Five Uncommon Fire Hazards
There are numerous fire hazards that are obvious, however; the uncommon hazards are equally as deadly. Here are five hazards that most people are unaware of.
- 9 volt batteries: These powerful energy store houses can pose a significant fire hazard if not stored properly. If they are left loose inside a drawer or placed in a trash can where they come in contact with metal, a fire can ensue. Volt batteries should be stored and disposed of inside a plastic container that has nothing flammable or metal inside it.
- Coffee Creamer: Powered non-diary coffee creamer is highly flammable when dispersed and should be kept away from open flames and heat sources.
- Laptops: Laptop batteries can get extremely hot and if left on something flammable like a book, holstered furniture or bedding it poses a significant fire hazard. Place laptops on a flat table when not in use.
- Toaster: The crumbs inside a toaster are a fire hazard. Clean crumbs out regularly by turning the toaster upside down over a trash can. Newer models have a catch tray that can be easily removed and replaced to remove crumbs.
- Glass or crystal décor: These beautiful ornamentations can pose a fire hazard if left in direct sunlight where the concentrated sun rays can become a catalyst for a fire.