Fire safety is something that we’re taught at a very early age. It’s something that we’re reminded of throughout our lives and yet, it’s easy to forget about everyday flammable objects in your home. That’s right, even your ping pong balls from eighth grade pose a threat by simply sitting in the basement and collecting dust.
1. Glass Objects
Whether you’ve heard about it via friends or have seen it in Toy Story, you probably know that a magnifying glass can be teamed with direct sunlight to create a small flame. This isn’t far from the truth. In fact, this can happen on a much larger scale if you’re not careful. Having your beautiful glassware in the warm sunlight can inadvertently cause a fire. We know that glassware looks great when sitting in bright sunlight but the safest option to avoid an accident occurring is by putting your glassware in a shaded area of your home.
2. Cigarette Butts/Ashtrays
If you smoke, be wary of how you dispose of finished cigarettes. Even if a cigarette looks like it’s been extinguished, it may still have some fire left in it that can ignite other cigarette butts in your ashtray/disposal container.
Be sure to carefully extinguish cigarettes and maintain a clean disposal area to avoid a potential fire hazard. In some cases, people have even fallen asleep without extinguishing a cigarette, causing it to fall out of their hand or mouth, or out of their ashtray, and igniting a nearby flammable material. In general, it’s good to keep your ashtrays as far away from any flammable objects in your home as possible.
3. Nail Polish Remover
Not only can the physical substance of nail polish remover erupt into flames, so can the fumes which it emits. You shouldn’t smoke around nail polish remover, light a candle near it, and certainly don’t use it in a room that isn’t properly ventilated. For some, using nail polish remover is such commonplace that it’s easy to forget how dangerous it actually is. Always exercise extreme caution when using it.
4. Aerosol Canisters
An Aerosol is a substance that is kept in a pressurized canister that can dispense it with the press of a button. Things such as hairspray, body spray, air freshener, etc. These cans have the potential to erupt with disastrous effects if handled incorrectly. It’s easy to forget about the importance of this rule and put a can of Febreze next to a candle, but you should always have these guidelines in the back of your mind.
We know that it looks cool in moves when people put a lighter up to the nozzle of an aerosol can to create a makeshift flamethrower. But, we highly recommended that you don’t do that. In fact, a “makeshift flamethrower” is never exactly the safest or smartest idea. Stick to watching Home Alone for the 87th time.
5. Ping Pong Balls
Remember that ping pong table in your basement that’s been sitting their collecting dust since senior year of high school? If you’re not using it anymore, you may want to dispose of it to avoid accidental fires. Primarily because of the ping pong balls, which on the surface seems like an odd object to single out as a flammable object in your home.
What makes ping pong balls so important to take note of is their chemical composition. Ping pong balls are typically made out of celluloid, which is an extremely flammable substance. Celluloid is the kind of material that is so sensitive to heat, that even elevated temperatures can cause it to ignite.
That’s right, celluloid doesn’t need fire to directly touch it to erupt into flames. Simply having the temperature increase enough around the substance can result in a fiery surprise.
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