No one wants to experience a house fire. Fires are among the most dangerous and destructive disasters that can happen to a home. Fortunately, homeowners can drastically reduce their risk of experiencing a fire with responsible behavior. Cooking, candles, bad electronics, and malfunctioning appliances that generate heat such as dryers and furnaces are among the most common causes of house fires. Many homeowners take the right precautions to avoid home fires when cooking or using these objects.
However, your fire prevention effort should not stop there. In our Fire at Home series, we will take a look at additional causes of fire: Glass and Sunlight, Dishwashers, 9-Volt Batteries, Laptops and Dust. These causes are less likely but still deserving of attention.
Glass And Sunlight
The heat from the sunlight is more intense when passing through glass.
Think about what happens to light when you focus it through a magnifying glass in the summer. The energy from focused sun’s rays can be extremely dangerous if focused the wrong way. These rays focused on nearby objects such as curtains, clothing, paper or furniture can cause a serious fire.
Be aware of where light from windows reaches, be careful of shaving/vanity mirrors, glass ornaments or paperweights that may be exposed to direct light. Do not leave mirrors or glass ornaments on window sills.
There are a number of incidents across the news that show fires caused by direct sunlight refracting through glass. This is a risk all year round, not just in the summer.
Cases of reflected light triggering fires in a home are rare, however we urge the public to be aware of the potential danger of reflective surfaces intensifying the sun’s rays. To minimize the risk of a fire, please make sure reflective items such as mirrors are not placed in direct view of sunlight in the home.
Crystal and glass ornaments and items such as mirror tables should be kept out of direct sunlight. This shows these fires are not an urban myth. Also make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home.
Even bottles of water or fish tanks could cause sun rays to be focused on nearby materials, so have a look around your home to ensure you aren’t at risk!
Homeowners should always make fire prevention a point of emphasis and understanding that there are a wide variety of causes can help you better protect your home. In the next part of our Fire at Home series, we will address how one household appliance can be a risk – your dishwasher!
It is very rare for glass and sunlight to trigger a house fire, but because the possibility is there, please take the right actions to reduce the risk. If you do experience any amount of fire damage in your home, call the professionals at Sage Restoration. Our experts have the right tools and equipment to stop the damage from spreading and we work hard to restore your home. #ServiceWithCompassion