Last year there was an estimated 481,000 structure fires, according to the NFPA. The statistics show that great majority of fires are preventable and most people are familiar with the common causes of fires. However, it’s also critical for homeowners to be aware of the lesser known hazards hiding around the house, like Dust Bunnies. Did you know about this unexpected culprit? Dust bunnies aren’t just an annoyance; they’re also a danger to your home. Dust is an unwelcome presence because it makes homes dirty and contributes to allergies and other health issues. At Xtreme Home Improvement, we do not condone cruelty to animals but there are always exceptions. In this case, we want to help raise awareness that it’s open season on dust bunnies.
These Critters are Dangerous
Dust Bunnies are the perfect kindling for fires. In the simplest terms, they are comprised of dust mites, lint, hair and skin particles, spider webs, and almost any other piece of small, balled-up debris. Dust bunnies are held together by static electricity and as a result, can actually become attracted to other dust bunnies.
Dust is not usually labelled as a hazardous substance, which means it’s often underestimated. Yet dust is particularly susceptible to igniting. It can be a fire hazard if it collects near floor heaters, electronics, and sockets. The heat from electrical outlets, electronics, and appliances can cause dust to start on fire, especially if there are sparks. If sparks fly, dust piles can ignite, cause a fire, and potentially spread to nearby furniture.
While we are all staying home more than ever, we have more time to focus on cleaning. You can dramatically decrease the risk of a fire from dust by cleaning your home regularly and removing dust from areas near outlets and electronics. Know where to hunt and be prepared with the right weapons. Regular dusting and vacuuming with a hose can significantly reduce the amount of dust that lingers near your electrical outlets and appliances. Pay special attention to the back of entertainment centers and any crevices that might collect dust.
It only takes a few minutes to check the closets and other unexpected fire hazards in your home. Make sure that the whole family is aware of this unexpected fire hazard to help keep your home safe. So as you conduct your regular sweeping and vacuuming rounds, be sure to check those hard-to-reach places, including behind bookshelves, desks and dressers, and around electronics, underneath beds and any nooks where dust is likely to gather.
Whatever Fire Can Do, We Can Repair
Don’t let the dust build-up during winter get you down. Homeowners should always make fire prevention a point of emphasis and knowing these unlikely causes of house fires can help you better protect your home. If a fire does strike, be sure to call the experts at Xtreme Home Improvement to cleanup and repair any damages. We specialize in every kind of damage caused by fire. We handle water damage, mold and mildew, fire and smoke damage, carpet cleanings, and more. We’re available 24 hours a day with the tools and equipment needed to stop the damage from spreading and restore your home.