Flammable Materials in Your Home
We all know fire can spread very quickly, but are there things in our home helping the spread of a potential fire? Certain materials are more flammable than others and will catch fire rapidly. Here are some things that are common that could increase the damage done to your home during a fire.
One of the more obvious materials is wood. We use it in outside fires all the time without making the connection that a good portion of our homes are made of wood. Cabinets and furniture made of wood can set alight easily if exposed to flame as well as the framing that supports our homes structurally.
Things such as cloth outside of furniture and blankets will very easily catch fire and act as tinder to set other things alight. Curtains and closets full of clothing will ignite almost instantly when exposed to open flame at high enough temperatures leading to out-of-control fires very quickly.
Older homes have insulation such as cellulose based blown-in insulation that are not as fire resistant as modern insulation. This is basically shredded paper meaning it will catch fire extremely fast and start a chain reaction that sets nearby insulation alight as well.
While there isn’t much you can do to eliminate these materials from being in your home, Being knowledgeable about the subject can help you understand what could happen in the event of a house fire.
Be sure to call the SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale if you experience a house fire to make it, Like It Never Even Happened!