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Five Uncommon Fire Hazards

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Coffee Creamer: Powered non-diary coffee creamer is highly flammable when dispersed and should be kept away from open flames and heat sources.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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