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Understanding Gasoline Safety Repairing damage from fires in the home can be an extremely expensive and stressful ordeal for any individual or family. Fires in the home can cause extensive damage to both the physical structure of the home and to the mental state of family members because of the loss of prized possession and a secure home.

How to Recover Repair damage from fire with the help of professionals who are trained and equipped to help and restore lost items and homes. Prevent such destructive fires with knowledge and planning so that you and your family will never have to endure such a tragedy. House fires can start because of a number of reasons and ignition points found within the home. The main source of fires within the home comes from mishaps or accidents in the kitchen, but the most devastating house fires are caused by gasoline. Gasoline or other accelerants are the most destructive forces behind a house fire due to the fact that they are accelerants, or extremely flammable chemical compounds that fuel a fire. Accelerants such as gasoline can fan a small kitchen fire into a ranging inferno that will engulf an entire home in flames within seconds.

A Few Facts Because of this it is important that homeowners and families understand the dangers of gasoline and other fuels and how to best use safety while around them. The occurrence of fires involving gasoline has been on a steady decline ever since the year 1980 when over 15,000 house fires involved accelerants like gasoline. This is an encouraging fact but still, in the years 2003 to 2006 over 2,400 house fires involving gasoline were reported and responded to by local fire departments. These fires accounted for over 300 injuries, $105,900,000 dollars in property damage and


110 civilian fatalities. With these facts it is clear that gasoline-fueled fires are still a major problem within the United States. The majority of these devastating house fires were attributed to fuel spills, inappropriate use of gasoline to fuel fireplace fires, and allowing gasoline to be stored too close to a heat source such as a stove, oven, fireplace or portable heater. But the most common ignition point for home fires started and fueled by gasoline came from sparks, embers, or open flames emanating from operating equipment like appliances or garage tools. Because gasoline is still a serious threat to homes due to its extreme flammability, remembering safety when handling and storing gasoline is paramount for an individual and for families.

Rules of Handling Gasoline The first rule of handling gasoline is to be responsible by keeping it out of the reach and sight of curious children. Kids should never be allowed to play or handle gasoline. Storing gasoline should also be done in a safe and responsible manor by keeping the gasoline outside of the home, like in a garage or free-standing shed, and in safe storage containers designed and approved by professionals. Only limited amounts of gasoline should be stored at one time to avoid increased risk of suffering a dangerous and damaging house fire.

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Understanding Gasoline Safety  

Repairing damage from fires in the home can be an extremely expensive and stressful ordeal for any individual or family. Fires in the home c...

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