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The Most Common Causes of Domestic Fires

All fires need a combination of oxygen, heat and fuel to start and spread, and these three things can come from any number of sources. Here are some of the most common causes ...
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Common Domestic Fire Hazards to be Aware Of

Over in the United States, September marks the official ‘National Preparedness’ month. This means that there is a focus on prioritising safety more than ever. As a result, here in the UK, Noberne Seals see this as a great opportunity to raise awareness about domestic safety when it comes to common fire hazards.

Hobs, ovens and stoves:

It has happened to the best of us. The heart-sinking moment when we think we have left the hob turned on. Whilst many systems are electronically operated, some household appliances still operate gas fires. It is important that you always turn off kitchen appliances once you are finished with them as the risks of fire increase massively.

Faulty or misused electric equipment:

Irons, overloaded sockets, and frayed wires are all extremely dangerous within a household. Irons often contain water and can easily be knocked over by a pet or a child, which can cause damage to plugs and sockets. In addition to this, they can be an extreme hazard to the pet or the child due to their very high temperatures.

Furthermore, other household appliances such as washing machines, dryers, and heaters should be regularly maintained, as faults could result in overheating and increased chance of smoke inhalation.

Useful tips for washers and dryers include:

  • Clean the lint filter of your dryer after each use and don’t use one unless it has a lint filter.
  • Make sure that nothing is blocking the air exhaust vent pipe.
  • Always read the manufacturer’s instructions and refrain from overloading the washer or dryer


Fire and smoke inhalation as a result of smoking materials are a leading cause of domestic deaths in the UK. Smoking materials refers to; cigarettes, cigars, pipes etc.

Useful ways of preventing death by toxic smoke inhalation or fire include:

  • Smoking outside
  • Using larger ashtrays
  • Douse out smoking materials with sand or water
  • If smoking indoors, never smoke around flammable gasses. This includes hobs, fans, aerosols and perfumes.
  • Invest in fire and smoke seals
  • Place matches in hard to find places away from pets and children
  • Don’t smoke

These are just a few of the most common, as the owner or tenant of a household, it is imperative that you are aware of all the potential hazards that can pose a risk to fire safety. If you would like to learn more about how fire and smoke seals can reduce the risk of injury or worse, then browse our website for our fire rated products. Alternatively, to speak to us directly, you can drop us an email at: sales@noberneseals.com.

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