Most people are privy to the perils of leaving cookware unattended on the stove and overburdened wall outlets. Fires ignited by these incidents are often so damaging that they require fire clean-up crews afterward. However, there are numerous unexpected ways a fire can start and some objects that may seem harmless can be prone to catch fire unexpectedly. To help homeowners prevent unexpected fire, we’ll be looking into four lesser-known causes of fire damage in homes or properties.

1. Glass Objects

It is well-known that light passing through an empty jar, magnifying glass, or another glass object can start a fire if it comes in contact with a flammable object such as curtains, paper, or other flammable sources. To prevent this, it’s a good idea to keep glassware in a shaded area, avoiding sunny window sills.

2. Laptops

Laptops produce quite a bit of heat if left on for an extended period. If placed directly on a bed, couch, or other soft surfaces, the heat produced by the laptop can start a fire by restricting sufficient airflow in and out of its cooling vents. To prevent overheating, laptops should rest on non-flammable surfaces such as a laptop stand, countertop, or desk.

3. Dust

Dust is not only an enemy to your sinuses, but it can also be a fire hazard if it accumulates on wall sockets, heating appliances, or electronics. One spark is sufficient to ignite a clump of dust, which could spread to nearby furniture.

4. Stacks of Paper

Whether purposefully amassed, or deemed as simply neglected clutter, stacks of paper sitting too close to electrical sockets or a heating source can kindle a fire. So, if you have a cache of newspapers or junk mail, it may be a good idea to consider going digital.

These four lesser-known fire hazards can quickly become dangerous. If your home or property does sustain fire damage, contact Entrusted’s fire clean-up crews for a quick and professional response.

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