As the weather gets a little cooler, I'm reminded of some cases of home fires that I've seen as an Insurance Agent over the years. Each is unique but some have common causes. I'd like to share a couple stories so you can learn how to better protect yourself and your family.
In one case, the homeowner knew that fireplace ashes can act as insulation and kept embers hot for
7-10 days, so he placed them in a metal can on the back deck. Heat transferred through the metal, igniting the back deck, and you can imagine what happened next.
In the case of another homeowner who was using a vacuum to clean up around a wood stove, they unknowingly sucked an ember into the vacuum, which was then placed in an attic stairwell. The smoke detector later alerted the homeowner that the stairwell and attic were engulfed in flames.
If you use wood burning devices keep the following in mind:
- Make sure you have a working smoke detector
- If you use a metal container put some water in it before the ashes and then place the container outside away from combustibles
- Ashes dumped on the ground should be completely soaked with water
Stop by your local fire station today for additional fire safety information and so that you can make sure you're home doesn't become another case on this tragic list.