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Fire hazard

Any source of risk or danger from fire, such as the improper installation of wires for an electrical system; the use of combustible materials around fireplaces, and open spaces between floor joists that may create a draft and allow fire to spread; also anything that may obstruct or delay the operations of the fire department, or the egress of occupants in the event of a fire.

fire hazard

The relative danger that a fire will start and spread, that smoke or gases will be generated, or that an explosion will occur, potentially endangering the lives and safety of the occupants of the building. Also see hazardous area.
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Another Samsung Galaxy Note took the spotlight as the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for a batch of Galaxy Note 4 batteries, due to fire hazard concerns.
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He said it is important for everyone to know the use of fire extinguishers to avert fire hazards such as leakage of gas cylinders, electricity short circuits and fires in the kitchen.
In others, where tenants have been uncooperative with our efforts to inspect the premises or remove the partitions, we had no choice but to begin legal actions against the tenants for illegal alterations to the apartments and creating fire hazards.
California and Los Angeles County fire officials on Thursday released proposed updates for fire hazard zones that increase the defensible-space needed around homes to protect them in the event of a fire.
The checks involve firefighters looking for fire hazards in the home, giving advice on reducing the hazards, making sure the home has working smoke alarms and establishing fire escape plans.
Melaleuca, introduced to South Florida in the late 19th century, quickly became a water-hogging pest, drying up wetlands and causing fire hazards with its oily leaves.
People flock to the cities, and there are not enough resources for them to live in anything other than the most primitive of huts, prone to fire hazards and terrible sanitary problems.
The group wrote an open letter to manufacturers of computer equipment calling for greater efforts to make the printers safe, when in fact CPSC's experts could find no evidence of any fire hazards associated with the outer housing of the printers.
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