Sun + Door Knob + Robe = Fire Risk

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Sun + Door Knob + Robe = Fire Risk

01/09/2014

No matter how hard you try it’s impossible to identify every hazard. An example of this occurred recently when a chain of events led to a fire causing thousands of dollars of damage.

It was a beautiful sunny day in London and the rays shone through the window of a house in the south of the city, onto a crystal door knob and the refracted light then hit a bathrobe hanging in the bedroom. The robe caught light and the room was soon ablaze. The owners were out, but had a smoke alarm which alerted builders working nearby.

The London Fire Service has warned people against having crystal ornaments potentially in direct sunlight – another one to add to your risk assessment. RMIA enews 15 July 2014

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