You work your hardest to keep your home safe, but there are times when you have materials around your home that are flammable. In some cases, you may not realize how volatile some items happen to be, such as nail polish remover. We’ll go over what flammable items you may have in your home and how to store them properly.
Common Household Flammable Items
- Nail polish and nail polish remover – are everyday household products that often get forgotten when thinking of flammable items. Storing and applying these products should be done carefully. Be sure to clean up any spills in a timely fashion as not only can that be a problem for flammability, but also it can damage your carpet and furniture.
- Aerosol cans – any cleaning or beauty products you may have that are in aerosol cans can be flammable and dangerous. Often, these cans get overlooked but should be carefully stored following the tips on the proper way to keep flammable materials.
- Alcohol – Both rubbing alcohol and drinking alcohol can be found in your home, but they are also potential fire hazards when not stored properly. As many hand sanitizers have alcohol in them, they also fall into the category of flammable household materials. If you have any stored in your vehicle, keep this in mind as you won’t want it to be where it’s in direct sunlight, such as your cupholder.
- Gasoline, turpentine, paint thinner, and even some paints – these items contain highly flammable chemicals and are often the culprit in residential fires.
- Food items – as surprising as it sounds, some food items are flammable, and you should be aware of them when considering how to keep your home safe. Flour, powdered non-diary creamer, and dried orange peels are potential fire hazards when exposed to open flames. In fact, that’s why some individuals use dried orange peels to start their campfires.
Tips on Properly Storing Flammable Materials
- Leave flammable materials in their original container. Often, flammable materials are packaged in the safest way possible for them. Pouring them out into new containers may become a problem. Some containers may not be able to withstand the flammable material and could result in a fire.
- Pay attention to the temperature you’re storing flammable materials, as too high of a temperature could cause the liquid to ignite. For instance, if you keep gasoline in your garage for your lawnmower and your garage gets too hot, it could combust.
- The same is true of direct sunlight. You don’t want to leave flammable materials by windows where the sun’s rays will heat them. Please keep them in a shaded area.
- You will also want to store anything flammable away from heating equipment or other equipment that could spark in your home or garage, as that could be enough to cause the materials to catch fire.
- Ventilation is also key for the safety of these types of materials. You not only want to use these types of chemicals with good ventilation but store them in areas where there is good ventilation.
Life happens, and things go wrong. Candles may be left unnoticed and cause a small fire. Cookies may burn in the oven, causing smoke damage. Flammable chemicals may be improperly stored and result in a fire. After a fire happens in your home, DSi Professional Restoration is here for you when things go wrong. Did a recent fire in your home cause damage that needs to be remedied? Contact our professionals today to discuss how we can help you to clean up the area, perform any necessary repairs, and help you get back to your life.