4 Household Fire Hazards You Should Know About

If you're like most homeowners, you're probably very diligent about doing everything you can to protect your home and family from household fires. For instance, you probably make certain that your fire extinguisher and smoke alarm are in optimal working order at all times. You're probably also aware of certain potential fire hazards such as faulty wiring, and you know to be careful when using candles and cooking. However, there are some lesser-known fire hazards that many people are simply unaware of. Following are three of them.

1. Dust Bunnies

Despite their innocent-sounding name, dust bunnies actually have the potential to be fire hazards if they get too close to heaters or electrical sockets. Even if they tend to collect in areas such as under your bed, they can nonetheless be moved around by drafts —even opening or closing a door or window may be enough to relocate them to dangerous places in the home. Sweeping your floor clean on a regular basis while paying special attention to under the beds and other furniture helps reduce the risks of dust bunnies causing household fires. Sweeping under furniture can be difficult, but most vacuum cleaners have special attachments that allow users to access these hard-to-reach places easily. 

2. Dirty Air Ducts

Dirty air ducts are another cause of household fires if dust, pollen, pet hair, and other debris are allowed to accumulate. A buildup of dust ignites very easily, so be sure to have your air ducts professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Not only will this make you and your family be safer from fire, but it'll also promote better indoor air quality because dirty air ducts result in particulates being circulated throughout the home whenever you turn on your HVAC system. One sign that your ducts need to be cleaned is when dust comes from its vents when the system first starts. 

3. Glassware

Although many homeowners love the look of sunlight sparkling on freshly cleaned glassware or vases, it's best to put these items away in an area where sunlight doesn't touch them. Certain kinds of glass concentrate the sun's rays, which can ignite nearby flammable items and substances. 

4. Dryer Vents

You probably already make sure that the lint trap on your household dryer is kept as clean as possible, but the dryer vent itself should be cleaned on a regular basis as well. Although the lint trap keeps the majority of debris from reaching the vent, small particulates often get through. You should also regularly inspect your lint trap for holes, rips, or tears and replace it if necessary. 

For more information, contact your local air duct services.