Questions tagged [fire-hazard]

Questions about suspected fire hazards: things that may be unacceptably likely to start a fire. If you feel a fire is imminent, turn off/disable the device before posting here.

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Can junction box be placed on insulation above ceiling drywall?

I am thinking of installing these lights on my ceiling. Each light comes with its own junction box that you just leave inside the ceiling. My ceiling, however, has insulation right above it. Is it ...
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Are older Federal Electric breakers a fire hazard?

I live in an apartment with a very old circuit breaker box that looks like this: The panel's description says that it's from the Federal Electric Products Company, Catalog No. 116. According to this ...
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Wiring a dusty chicken coop without risking a fire

I'm raising chickens for the first-time and building a coop for 12 birds. I have been told that the birds and their bedding can be very dusty, and I would like to make sure I don't create an ...
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What happens if you wire a four-prong dryer cord backwards?

What happens if you get the red and black wires of a four prong dryer cord backwards? This question assumes: we are talking about U.S. Residential wiring the person doing the wiring gets the green ...
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One outlet in house is hot while turning all breakers off

One outlet does not appear to be attached to a breaker in the breaker panel. Only in shutting the main breaker off does that outlet lose electricity. Is this dangerous? Is there a remedy?
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Horizontal fire blocking when using rigid foam in basement?

There are lots and lots of how-to's out there on how to put rigid foam against a concrete basement wall before putting up 2 X 4 framing. Seal the joints, etc...doesn't seem to complicated. On to ...
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black marks on romex and on insulation

not a duplicate of What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?, but very similar. I noticed some black marks on both some romex, as well as the underside of the fiberglass insulation that was ...
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GU24 to E26 light socket adapter — any risks?

I recently moved to a new location where instead of the common E26 light sockets, they have GU24 light sockets. This is a bit of a problem for me, because I like to use edison-style incandescent bulbs,...
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dryer burn residue?

I have this sort of burn residue in my dryer? The question I have is: Is this burn residue? Is this a fire hazard? How do I clean this off? Also, much less important, is that I have some sort of ...
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Framing in a home's crawlspace

Looking to take some time in the new year to frame out an area of my "crawlspace." It has about 7.5' clearance in height, so it'll be tight... but my goal is to make a workbench area for ...
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What is causing the outlets and ceilings fans in my home to burn out

I've got 4 ceiling fans not working, one of them crackled and flickered for a while then all of a sudden no power in back bedroom and small bathroom. No power to lights, ceiling fans and inside wall ...
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full size wood mantlet (5 in+) 12 inches away from the fireplace openings top? US - TX fire code

TLDR, can I have a full size wood mantlet (5 in+) 12 inches away from the fireplace openings top? I am reading the fire codes Exposed combustible mantels or trim may be placed directly on the masonry ...
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wiring a kitchen under counter oven - is this setup correct? [closed]

Here are the oven wiring specs: POWER / RATINGS Amp Rating at 208V: 20 Amp Rating at 240V: 20 Bake Wattage: 2100W Broiler Wattage: 3600W Convection Wattage: 2500W KW Rating at 208V: ...
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Is wrapping Roxul around hot water tank pipe a fire hazard?

I have heard Roxul is safe and non-combustible, I need to wrap something around the vertical hot water tank piping leading up to the attic. This pipe can be seen in the basement ceiling and there is ...
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Is my garage safe with a 30amp breaker and some odd wiring

I recently bought a house and have found several things wrong and I'm trying to prioritize which to fix first. I have some very limited electrical knowledge but not enough to know if this needs to be ...
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Filling gap between pipe and wall- creating a fire stop [closed]

I got my condo inspected and the inspector said I had a fire hazard as there’s a gap between the pipe of my kitchen sink and the wall (an open space). I need to fill that hole then use a fire barrier ...
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covering a baseboard heater gap and fire hazard

I noticed a mouse crawl up behind a baseboard heater. I unmounted the heater and found large holes in the wall. exposing styrofoam insulation. is it a fire hazard to cover the holes with 1/4 inch ...
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Damaged wire inside fireplace insert, New construction

Due to a previous house fire am I being to pick about exposed wire isolation due to staple? First off, the county inspector came out on July 29, 2020 an failed the inspection with five items. One ...
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How reliable AFDD switches are? (fire protection switches)

A few years ago we had wood floor professionals extending power cables underneath the floor as part of an overall floor renovation. We only recently learned that they used screw terminals which could ...
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Best practice for oily rag safety?

Most everyone's heard about piles of oily/greasy rags igniting. Linseed oil seems to be a popular culprit for it, but I've also recently heard claims of common automotive oil being involved. I've ...
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My room lights' brightness pulses when I turn on my toaster oven

I have a house with old 2-prong wiring in most of my bedrooms. My toaster oven is plugged in on the kitchen countertop. Whenever I turn it on, the brightness of the lights in 3 (out of 4) of my ...
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Could a pressurized fire sprinkler system be causing a loud sound?

Every night, we hear loud cracking sounds coming from our attic. The sounds are quite loud, and it sounds like there could be a real problem. We hear it every night, usually multiple times. It ...
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Fire safety with polystyrene

I would like to use foil-faced expanded polystyrene boards to insulate my window at night.* That window is located a foot or two above my electric baseboard heater.** To me it seems like this could ...
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How to put out a polystyrene fire?

I'm planning to use some polystyrene in a project. I will try to avoid all fire hazards, but in case the worst happens is there anything special I should know about how to fight polystyrene fires? ...
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Fire safety for room on interior of home

I’m looking at a house that has a room on the interior (highlighted in red below) with no window/door to the outside of the area. Knowing that this isn’t fire code compliant to be considered a bedroom,...
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Burnt wire in GE stove

I spilled some water on the knobs of my GE stove. 5 minutes later, I heard some buzzing and then there was a brief fire from a knob for 30 seconds. I turned off the gas and electricity, opened the ...
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How do I replace insulation around knob and tube wiring

My drywall ceiling developed a large crack over the last two months (after being fine for 70 years), and investigating my attic I discovered the lower layers of insulation were soggy and the drywall ...
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What happens when you accidently connect a neutral wire with a hot wire with a screw?

So i am worried about a fire hazard. My hot and neutral wire are packed together into a metal conduit. If there was a screw that accidentally gets screwed into the conduit and connects the hot and ...
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Why are my wall plates bowing outward?

The wall plates in my kitchen suddenly bowed outward like this: Additionally, there seems to be condensation present on the back of each plate, suggesting that this was a thermal event of some kind. ...
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Stud hole for Romex electrical wire filled with Green-glue acoustic sealant - Cause of concern?

I am helping my brother with his unfinished basement when I realized he made a mistake. I told him to use a fire stopping sealant in certain stud holes where Romex wire was being fed through. ...
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Smart home automated fire response

I've got a rather extensive OpenHab smart home installation with tons of lights, thermostats, and more diverse connected devices. One category of connected devices is smoke detectors, one in every ...
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Extension Cords - Electrical Hazards & Safety

We are looking at purchasing a Residence that has a Home Office Area attached to it. It is Commercially zoned in a Canadian Province. Upon doing a walk through, we noticed an extension cord layout ...
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Can a smoke alarm with cut wires cause a fire?

Can a smoke alarm with cut wires cause a fire? Not, that it might not detect a fire (I don't expect it to any more), but that the smoke detector itself may cause a fire. For my specific case, I cut ...
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fire extinguisher selection & sizing for home use

With such a bewildering array of fire extinguisher technology available what are the considerations that one would use to select a model? Also, what's a rough sizing guideline? In addition to an ...
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Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced?

I understand that Federal Panel Stab Lok breakers have the potential for becoming stuck, overheating, and starting fires. My home has a Federal Pacific panel but no outward markings of being a Stab ...
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What can be done to mitigate risk to property from large trees other than removal?

There are 3 oak trees that need to be removed as they pose risks to personal safety and property during windstorm. The last windstorm (dec. 2019, AK) produced 120 m/h gusts. The quote is $6k due to ...
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Lamp base out of wood, containing wires. Is there a safe way?

I want to build a lamp socket base out of wood. In general I'd have a total of three lamps sockets hanging from it, which I'd feed through drill holes and would wire together in a hollowed out part of ...
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European Bulb E14 base 15w 110 volt dimmable bulb for Himalayan Salt Lamp

The E14 base is European, as is the 110 voltage. The bulb in question is a 15 watt bulb with dimmer control and is UL listed. Is there any danger in using this rather than a bulb and dimmer ...
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Is wiring laying alongside an attic access opening a code violation or safety concern?

I have a new house nearing completion in Manning, South Carolina, with all non-metallic jacket wire. However, the scuttle holes for two retractable stairs and attic lift had wires blocking access ...
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Could stove element be powered through fan switch?

I have a Jenn Air C221 modular cooktop (circa 1983). EDIT: here is the wiring diagram: By design, the downdraft fan turns on whenever a grill element is installed and turned on. This is done using an ...
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What are the requirements for fire doors in homes?

A family member is having some major remodeling planned on an end-terraced house. The builder's plans apparently are calling for fire doors on essentially every interior doorway - bathrooms, bedrooms, ...
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Does unblocking power bar outlets through short extension cords increase fire risk?

Power supply units are often large relative to the outlet and block access to adjacent outlets in a power bar. A simple solution is to use 1/2 ft or 1 ft (15cm, 30cm) power extension cords to keep ...
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Weber Genesis caught on fire

I was grilling chicken and some of the fat dripped into the cabinet and the gas line caught on fire burning through the sheathing and making a hole in the line itself, leading to a major fire inside ...
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Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?

I have been doing some electrical work in my house and I noticed it has old knob and tube wiring that is still hot, should this be replaced as found or is it fine to just leave it? It seems really ...
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Would towels under floorboards (for sound proofing) be a fire risk?

I saw a video on YouTube that suggests that layers of towels are actually the best sound insulation. I'm thinking about putting folded towels in between the joists under the floorboards on the first ...
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Would EVA foam under the carpet (for sound proofing) be a fire risk?

I'd like to put some EVA foam under the carpet (above the floorboards) on the first floor bedroom of my house, to dampen the sound of foot steps. The fire safety building regulations (section B2) say ...
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Dropped item in furnace duct

While trying to stop the ticking noise coning from my furnace ducts, I accidentally dropped a small piece of fire retardant foam (as you can see in the below photos) in one of the vertical furnace ...
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I have 8 of those for a hotel safe all need to be refills and teste it so please how can i do that? [duplicate]

How can I refill them? where can I refill them and teste them too? how much will cost me for refill ? how much will cost generally ?
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Can I clean my under-the-floor dryer vent?

Our laundry nook is smack in the middle of our house. The dryer vent goes into an interior wall, turns 90° downward, soon turns 90° back the way it came, and goes straight for four or five meters ...
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Is it unsafe to hide a power strip in a cardboard box?

In a attempt to find a solution to the multiple cables running wild in my room, I thought of hiding them into a box, but I am concerned about a possible fire hazard. The power strip has five sockets,...