Living room couches, when set on fire, burn fiercely, producing intense heat and a dark toxic smell. The most dangerous part of a house fire is the flashover, the point in the fire where all the combustible items ignite. Many couch fires are caused by young children whom have been left unattended. The children attracted to the light of the flame are unable to understand that other things catch fire and burn quickly. Sometimes children are so afraid of being punished for creating an accident that they wont report it to their parents. This can engulf a home in flames in a matter of minutes.
Why are Couches Combustible?
Many couches, sofas, and living room furniture sets, including ottomans are made with upholstered fabrics and stuffed with fillers that are made of materials that are highly flammable. If you have ever purchased a brand new couch you should have seen tags everywhere when you were setting up the couch warning you of the highly combustible nature of the couch filler and coverings.
While the presence of smoke detectors in the home and safety education outreach limiting smoking behaviors in the home have helped decrease couch fires, new ignition elements have been introduced that are just as able as traditional fire starters to ignite couches. For example, years ago many couch fires were caused by smoking and falling asleep on the couch or placing heaters too close to the couch. Today, people smoke less inside the home and heaters are not placed in such dangerous places. Now people display candles and incense on sofa tables behind the couch and keep matches and lighters nearby to help light their candles, bringing ignition sources even closer to the couch. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that upholstered furniture caused 2% of all reported house fires but one of every five house fire deaths.
Unlike with mattresses, most of the fire prevention procedures and practices in the upholstered furniture segment come from the manufacturers themselves. There is no federal requirement to test the combustibility of upholstered furniture even though there is a substantial loss of life associated with fires that originate with the family couch.
Protecting Your Family and Belongings
Keeping fire starting elements, like matches and lighters away from the couch, as well as lit candles and incense are immediate safety procedures you can implement in your home to minimize the risk of a couch fire. Placing heaters near the couch and smoking behaviors need to be discouraged. Especially if there are young children in the home, keep all flammable materials and fire starting elements, out of the reach of the children and their friends.
Injured by a Couch Fire Accident in Massachusetts?
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