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Has the popularity of microwaves resulted in a decrease in home fires?

Microwaves generally shut themselves off and are sealed, unlike stovetop elements or ovens. Has this resulted in an overall increase in home safety?
posted by Morrigan on Mar 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Hotel employees: What are you asked to do in the event of a fire?

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]
posted by 99percentfake on Feb 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me choose smoke detectors

I am in an apartment and unsure what smoke detectors to choose to replace the existing ones. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Can stage curtains of unknown origin be tested to get certification of fire code compliance?

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]
posted by Jim Biancolo on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Preoccupied with the problems of his kingdom, Peagood accidentally let the cakes burn.

So, now that the oven fire is out, what do I do now?! [more inside]
posted by peagood on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

How much to worry?

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]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 answers

In a fire is it better to try and rescue my child or get out and wait for the fire department?

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]
posted by bingwah on May 3, 2011 - 32 answers

Fire risk of bathroom candle

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]
posted by frecklefaerie on Jan 23, 2011 - 76 answers

Explosive listening?

Would spraying a stick-on (paper) CD label with artists' fixative make the disc unsafe to play? [more inside]
posted by katje on Dec 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Is running a lamp cable under a pile of sleeping bags dangerous?

Greetings, Hive Mind. I need to know if I'm going to start a house fire. [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime on Aug 23, 2008 - 26 answers

Why are all but the basement doors locked in the stairwell where I work?

Why are all but the basement doors locked in the stairwell where I work? [more inside]
posted by boeing82 on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

False alarms in hard-wired smoke alarms?

What causes false Alarms in hardwired smoke detectors? [more inside]
posted by morallybass on Aug 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Old house, lots of toys, am I going to burn down?

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]
posted by soulbarn on Sep 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Will my toaster burn down the house?

Is it really so bad to leave a toaster plugged in? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Sep 1, 2006 - 52 answers

Fire! Fire!

Can anyone give me advice on the best way to ignite a brushpile before the drying days of summer? (MI) [more inside]
posted by docpops on Dec 24, 2004 - 9 answers

Is it bad to store an empty gasoline container in my car?

An empty gasoline container stored on the carpeted floor of a vehicle: good idea or forthcoming explosive disaster?
posted by keli on Mar 4, 2004 - 15 answers

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