Fire is an ever-present danger when lots of household items are densely packed together and contained within a relatively enclosed space, such as a transport vehicle.
At Total Care Removals, we respectfully request that our clients notify us in advance of any materials that might be deemed ‘hazardous’ including inflammable substances. The good news is that many modern materials are very flame-retardant but not all are.
So, if you’re thinking about doing you own packing for a household removal, here are a few things to watch out for.
- Bar-b-que firelighters or fuel.
- Highly volatile liquids such as petrol/gasoline – these can often be left unintentionally in things such as motorbikes and lawnmowers etc.
- Gas matches or any other electronic sparking aid designed to get a fire going. Lighters (even those in classic lighter collections) are a danger here too.
- Battery-powered heaters, hair tongs or electrical coils. If they’re accidentally switched on, issues might result.
- Surfaces which, when rubbed together, may yield sparks even though no fuel is involved. Novelty flint lighters are one such example, as are ordinary safety matches.
- Gas cylinders with spark lighting. You can see these in things such as garden flame torches, camping cookers and so on. It’s worth noting that these are typically very safe devices with several safety features designed to stop accidental ignition but even so……….total disconnection is usually a smart idea.
- Hopefully, enough said!
- Some chemicals, such as potassium, which can give rise to an exothermic (heat and light generating) reaction when exposed to water or air.
The point of this list isn’t to frighten you! It’s simply to show how you sometimes need to think laterally when trying to identify potential fire risk items when moving home. It’s something worth being careful about!