Warning: Four Common Household Fire Starters

House fires are devastating tragedies that may lead to substantive loss of property and even injury or fatality.  The National Fire Protection Association attributes electrical failure or malfunction as the cause of over 47,000 fires annually.

Taking precautions like installing smoke detectors and upgrading appliances can relieve some of the fire risk.  However, these four common household objects can put you at risk, and you may not even know about it.

  • Dishwashers – even though water runs through the dishwasher, it can still overheat. Any appliance with a motor or heating element can cause a fire, and dishwashers have both.
  • Jars and other glass objects – the reflection of the sun through empty glass onto dry material, like a jar next to some blinds, can ignite a blaze.
  • Rodents – when household pests chew through electrical lines and expose wires they are increasing the chance of an electrical fire.
  • Laptops – in addition to heating up during use, laptops contain lithium ion batteries that can erupt into flames when overheated.

Protect your home and your family when you take care to spot possible fire starters in unexpected places.  For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website.

Avoid These Paint Colors When Selling Your Home

A fresh coat of paint on your home’s interior or exterior is a relatively inexpensive way to revitalize your home when it is on the market.  An exterior update can rejuvenate an older home and interior paint jobs can add dimension and diversity to the rooms.  According to the Institute for Color Research, people tend to judge an environment within 90 seconds of initial viewing, based strictly on its color.  Avoid these swatches when you are repainting your home for sale.

Off-White or Eggshell

While shades of white may seem like a safe bet, statistically they do not work.  Zillow reports that homes with off-white or eggshell kitchens sold for $82 less than the estimated value.  White walls can make small spaces look smaller and create a flat ambience.

Dark Brown

This unappealing shade also lessens the value of the home.  Homes with dark brown bedrooms and bathrooms sold between $230-$460 less than their estimated value.


Homeowners prefer this shade of flower pot more than traffic cone orange; however, it is just as poorly received.  Homes with terracotta walls in the living room sold for almost $800 less than their estimated value.  In fact, global surveys report that orange is one of the least-liked colors in the world.

Slate Gray

Gray may be trendy right now, but homebuyers prefer the lighter side of the palette.  Homes with slate gray dining rooms and living rooms sold for approximately $1100 less than their estimated value.