6 of the Most Flammable Household Items

U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 350,000 home structure fires per year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The study shows that cooking/heating equipment are the leading causes of home structure fires, but there are many common household items that could increase the risk. Here are 6 everyday items that are flammable.

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1) Powdered Foods

Flour, non-dairy creamers, spices, and other powdered foods contain fine particles that burn easily and can ignite if spilled into a naked flame. Use caution when you are using dried, powdery foods, and avoid exposing these substances to an open flame.

2) Beauty Products

Hair spray, nail polish remover, and antiperspirants contain highly flammable chemicals and are particularly dangerous if they come in aerosol cans. They will ignite if exposed to an open flame and can combust if left in the sun. Make sure to store aerosols safely out of the sun to reduce the risk of fire.

3) Laundry Products

Most laundry products, including fabric softeners, stain removers, and pods, are derived from fatty acids that will burn in a fire. It is important to store these safely and to keep them away from a naked flame when using them.

4) Cooking Oil

A large proportion of house fires break out when cooking oils ignite, often when left unattended. Should this occur, do not throw water on the fire, as it will only cause a greater combustion. Cover the pan with a damp cloth or dish towel and leave it for at least 30 minutes.

5) Rubbing Alcohol and Hand Sanitizer

Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer are alcohol-based products, so they can catch on fire at relatively low temperatures. Therefore, always use small amounts of these products and store them away from heat.

6) Snacks

Potato chips, popcorn, and other common snacks are all susceptible to fire because of their sugar, fat, and carbohydrate content. Store these items away from an open flame or other heating sources to minimize the risk.

Many household fires can be prevented by acknowledging the risk. Taking a few simple precautions and understanding the nature of everyday household items can reduce home fires and save lives.

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