An accident waiting to happen
We all remember to clean the crumbs off the benchtop and vacuum the dust bunnies out of the corners. But there are some areas of the home that aren’t as obviously dirty and if left untouched for too long, can actually be dangerous. The next time you do a big house clean, make sure to hit these spots too so that your home and family can stay safe.
Toaster ovens are a commonly used item and if they aren’t cleaned enough they could start a fire. Crumbs fall off of food and accumulate at the bottom of the toaster – then, when the toaster is used again, those crumbs reheat and could start smoking. “I’ve also seen this occur with cheese or other ingredients melting onto the heating panel,” says Spencer Dirocco, owner of K1 Cleaning and Restoration. “Items touching the heat source can become extremely dangerous as they will begin to smoke much quicker than a crumb on the bottom tray. I suggest cleaning the crumbs after every use and ensuring that nothing is touching the heat source.”
Pests and critters
When you think about potential fire hazards in your home, pests and critters probably don’t come to mind. If you aren’t setting traps, cleaning up things that attract them, or taking measures to make sure they get out of your house, they can get inside of your home and potentially start a fire. “For example, if mice build nests within your walls out of combustible items – think straw or paper – you can end up with a volatile situation on your hands,” says Michael DiMartino, Senior Vice President of Installations at Power Home Remodeling.
Rats can also pose a problem, as they can enter the interior roof space through any gaps that have formed over time to find electrical wire as their new snack.