Microwaves generally shut themselves off and are sealed, unlike stovetop elements or ovens. Has this resulted in an overall increase in home safety?
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]
I am in an apartment and unsure what smoke detectors to choose to replace the existing ones. [more inside]
Our school is being asked to remove the stage curtains to comply with fire codes, since we do not have documentation proving they are fire safe. Rather than buy new curtains (gulp), is there a way to send a piece of the fabric out for testing and to get back the necessary fire code certification? I'm in MA, if that matters. Thanks! [more inside]
So, now that the oven fire is out, what do I do now?! [more inside]
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]
Fire Safety: I have a 16 month old son. If there is a house fire while I'm sleeping is it better to try and rescue him or get out of the house and wait for the fire department to rescue him? [more inside]
Fire safety filter: My husband thinks that a lit candle left unattended on the back of our toilet in the bathroom is not a fire hazard, and I disagree. Please help us settle this argument with facts and figures. [more inside]
Would spraying a stick-on (paper) CD label with artists' fixative make the disc unsafe to play? [more inside]
Greetings, Hive Mind. I need to know if I'm going to start a house fire. [more inside]
Why are all but the basement doors locked in the stairwell where I work? [more inside]
What causes false Alarms in hardwired smoke detectors? [more inside]
I live in a hundred-year old house (in Los Angeles, no less!) that has limited electrical outlets. I have unlimited (it seems) electronics - three computers, monitors, two laser printers, two air conditioners, electric heater (in the winter), etc. The house was upgraded from old-style fuses to circuit breakers a few years ago. It is a rental so I am not able to do any upgrades. None of the wall outlets are three prong, so I am using adapters. In the summer, my office is just overdone with things drawing power - all three computers, the printers, AC, and probably 20 (or more) smaller items - cell phone, postage scale, radio, etc.... [more inside]
Is it really so bad to leave a toaster plugged in? [more inside]
Can anyone give me advice on the best way to ignite a brushpile before the drying days of summer? (MI) [more inside]
An empty gasoline container stored on the carpeted floor of a vehicle: good idea or forthcoming explosive disaster?