A common misconception about the safety of materials in the home is that they are safe to use on themselves.
But new research has revealed some of the worst offenders are commonly found in materials used in homes, such as wood, carpeting, and other household fixtures.
The study also found that materials used by home owners to create their homes can contribute to home fires and are a significant source of carbon dioxide emissions.
It’s a reminder that home materials are not a safe way to produce heat.
“Most of the materials we have in our homes are not the safest to put into the fireplace, they’re not the most durable, they tend to absorb a lot of heat, they absorb a high amount of moisture, and they don’t absorb as much heat as other types of materials,” said Kristi Lippert, senior research scientist with the American Association of Firefighters (AAF) and a lead author of the study.
“So they’re often not the best choice for a home.”
The research is published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. “Materials as heat-absorbers are a risk for fires,” LippERT said.
“And the materials that are a big source of heat-emitting materials in our house are also potentially a risk to our fire safety.”
The study found that the materials with the most toxic content in the homes were used to create the materials used to build the homes.
The report also found materials that contain more carbon dioxide and other hazardous substances than any other materials in homes were the worst.
The researchers said that while home materials that contribute to fire risk are often found in a large amount, they often contain a lot more than that.
“We were surprised by this, and so it’s an important finding,” said Lipperton.
“The more we know about the materials and how they’re being used, the better we can design fire-resilience programs to help our communities to reduce fire risks and the spread of fire.”
The AAF and the American Fire Fighters Association have developed a list of 10 home materials with high toxic content that home owners should be aware of and that are particularly hazardous.
Those materials include:1.
Pile of logs2.
Timber that was harvested from the tree canopy, but which was cut, shredded, and discarded as a pile3.
Decorative ornaments and other objects that are designed to look or act like wood4.
Fertilizers such as manure5.
Decorated wooden or stone flooring that has been treated with wood glue6.
Furniture, including furniture that has not been treated to remove wood residue and has not had its finish treated to prevent wood residue from becoming a problem7.
Furnishings that are coated with a chemical that is known to damage wood8.
Furnishes that contain materials that can trap moisture, such a paint, wax, or sealant9.
Furnished ornamids that are used to decorate a room10.
Wood flooring, carpet, and trim that has had its top or bottom layers cut off and replaced with wood.