Fire Risks Of Metallic Plumbing Systems Draw National Attention
Welding Torch Flames Rank Among Top-Ten Causes of Accidental House Fires Annually.
When the average homeowner thinks about those situations that are most likely to cause an accidental house fire, a number of typical causes come to mind. Smoking in bed. Leaving home with the iron on. An unattended pan cooking on the stove. Overloaded outlets or faulty wiring. However, it is unlikely that the type of plumbing system in the home is ever a consideration.
The fire risk associated with plumbing materials lies in the tools that are used during installation. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), torches, which are required to solder metallic plumbing systems such as copper, rank among the top-ten leading causes of house fires each year. As a result, in recent years, negative publicity has been mounting regarding the destruction and injury that can result from a fire sparked by a soldering torch.
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