I'd like to sew a version of this Amazon Cable Management Sleeve for my home office in a fabric that matches my decor. Would a loose-fitting cotton or polyester sleeve for 5-10 computer cords be flammable or dangerous? Do I need to get a different type of fabric or scrap the idea altogether?
There was a small but significant fire in my toaster oven, is it safe to use or should it be tossed? [more inside]
I live in a fire-prone area in Australia. Help me think through a fire plan, given various constraints. [more inside]
A Facebook friend posted this comic panel on my wall tonight. It's three skull-headed characters in green jackets, walking away from what looks like an apartment or factory on fire. The middle zombie is saying "Hurry! We must burn more buildings!!" I am dying to find out where it is from, but my search-fu has failed to turn up anything more than the single panel, with no further information. Any clues, anybody?
Have you or someone you know ever worked in a hotel? Or are you a firefighter? If so, I am studying fire safety and would like to know what (if anything) hotel employees are trained to do in the event of a fire? [more inside]
In an attempt to be all healthy and virtuous, I tried to make kale chips in the microwave. I nuked a small plate of plain, unadorned kale. The kale WENT UP LIKE A FREAKING FIREWORK (sparks, flames, scary noises). Multiple times (hey, I learn by doing). WHY?! [more inside]
A paper bag caught fire in our microwave and charred the insides while it was burning for about a minute. The microwave shut off during the fire, but now it seems to work normally. Safe to use? [more inside]
Precocious 6 y.o. daughter has suddenly developed an intense fear of fire. If the stove is on, she is sobbing or screaming or fretting. Same thing with the (outside) grill and my neighbor's fire pit. Logic, reason, discussion are all fruitless; as long as there is visible fire, she's terrified. How to help her cope? [more inside]
We will be building a deck in a few weeks, and another aspect we would like to have with our new outdoor environment is a nice small fire to sit around for the cooler Minnesota evenings. What are our options without risking burning the deck (and/or the house) down? [more inside]
What does it feel like to walk across a thick carpet of cooled ash, like after a forest fire or a house fire? I'm writing a book and I didn't think about the sensation until right now, and I'm quite clueless. Thank you!
I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
Why is my oven crackling and sparking at the on/off switch and will it start a fire in my wall? [more inside]
So I had a small fire in my oven... [more inside]
Is there a cheaper alternative to a new, store-bought fire pit/bowl that I'm not thinking of? (The cheapest I've seen is about $50.) [more inside]
How do dragons breathe fire? [more inside]
Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet. What's better for a cartoonist? [more inside]
We're under contract to buy a house. Two weeks before closing, a contractor performing agreed-upon presale repairs caught the house on fire. We've got a lot of questions about what happens next. [more inside]
Our new Kindle Fire is great, but it tells us we need to update our Flash Player when we want to watch Glee. If I try to DL the new file from the Adobe message, it seems to stall right after it starts. If I go to settings, it shows that Flash is " Always on". I haven't tried any other shows on FOX, but it seems to work fine for NBC stuff. Any Ideas?
So, now that the oven fire is out, what do I do now?! [more inside]
Our new apartment (in Oakland, CA, if that matters) has a functional fireplace. Yay! Every other fireplace I've ever been around had a chain or handle of some kind to pull to open the flue. There's nothing of the sort here. Boo! Is this some kind of strange California fireplace without a flue? How can I tell? [more inside]
I am attending a bachelorette party next weekend on Fire Island, NY and live in Boston, MA. I've been unable to find an efficient route that doesn't include 2 ferry rides and would appreciate any suggestions that allow me to take my car as far as possible.
Burning hunk filter: How long can you let salt dough sit in an oven at 200 degrees before it burns or becomes a problem? Do we need to wake people up or call 911? Or can it stay in until morning? [more inside]
Can my employer fire me because I am unable to work due to a motor vechicle accident? [more inside]
What do you do after an automatic sprinkler in your home gets activated? [more inside]
Seeking urban bonfire imagery in rap videos. Usually the fire is just in the background and/or a crowd is gathered around it, while the rapper does his (usually his) thing. I feel I've seen plenty but am blanking on specific examples. Not thinking of scenes where the rapper is walking away in triumph from some scene of vengeful or simply spectacular explosion, however. (Sorry for horrid pun in title.)
What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
Does anyone know if the music in the English trailer for The Girl Who Played With Fire is original to the film, or if it was pilfered from somewhere else? SLYT
Any know how to manually light an old Whirlpool Cleantop oven? [more inside]
What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
Contaminated apartment/building due to fire - can my friend expect to get anything out eventually? [more inside]
How fast would you have to throw a baseball in order for it to catch fire? [more inside]
Has anyone ever experienced a personality change after a life-endangering experience? [more inside]
Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)? It involved walking around collecting different boots that let you walk across fire, ice, ect. I think it may have been called something like sim's sims or something like that. Pardon my lack of usable description of the game - I was 6 when I played it, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. Thanks! -Charlie
How did I not burn down my house? I realized I had run close to 5000 watts on a 15-amp line, where 1500 watts would be considered the most to put on the line. [more inside]
Would spraying a stick-on (paper) CD label with artists' fixative make the disc unsafe to play? [more inside]
I need to build a small bonfire in Oakland,Ca. Tonight. Something campfire sized at largest. Want to be both safe and within the law. Emergency mourning. [more inside]
Seeking fire department incident response websites from anywhere in the world – updated on the fly (e.g. Toronto) or whenever they get the chance (Shropshire), it doesn't matter. Does your area's fire service do this?
We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
Our cast iron skillets caught fire. Can they ever be used again? [more inside]
how to empty the fire escape as quickly as possible in the event of NOT a fire [more inside]
Does anyone remember and know where I can find an old Flash animation that I saw on the internet years ago, which featured hopping bunnies, the floating head of Margaret Thatcher, and a jaunty song containing the word 'ja!'? [more inside]
Can unplugged irons cause fires? One of my housemates (Housemate A) observed that my other housemate (Housemate B) put the clothes iron back into the cupboard without letting it cool down. How dangerous is this? [more inside]
I’m looking for examples of fire, water, and/or ice being used as religious symbols or in religious practice in some way shape or form. Help? [more inside]
I set fire to a colony of tiny red ants. Now they have gone away. Why/how did this work? [more inside]
What significant items have been irretrievably lost? [more inside]
Looking for a dingbat. [m.i.] [more inside]