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#1 Cause of Fire in the Home



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

5 thoughts on “#1 Cause of Fire in the Home

  1. Electrical safety within the home is very important and should be payed close attention to. Making sure that your home is equipped with the proper safety features and devices can be life changing. A new product, a fire-prevention outlet, is something that should be installed in every home! What this product is able to do is detect abnormal heat within the electrical circuit and wiring, and once this heat has been detected by the outlets multiple sensors, the power to the circuit is cut off. Once this occurs, a potential fire has been stopped and in turn saves your home, property, and lives.


  2. I had a stove top fire when I turned on the wrong burner and wound up metling/burning the pasta package I was about to cook. :-(I have seen many pictures of kitchen fires all from faulty toasters. I am paranoid about unplugging mine when I'm not using it.For all the multi-taskers out there I suggest using a crockpot/slow cooker.


  3. Fantastic post, Laurie. That first video is hands down one of the best I've seen explaining how quickly fire spreads and how to put one out.Actually, it sent me into flashbacks because of my own kitchen fire a few years ago. It's hard to imagine the terror of seeing flames reaching to the ceiling in your kitchen, even when you know there's at least going to be a lot of smoke.I think there are a few points that they didn't mention or emphasize enough, though, so I've added to it, and also discussed electrical fires, which can also be tied to stovetop/grease fires, in a new post on my own blog at


  4. Thanks Wendy, I am grateful to the folks at Paras Scandic International who sent me an Innohome SA100 Alarm. Already, I know that it prevented cooking fires in my mother's kitchen. She loves this new gadget. I love it that the alarm is a "second set of eyes" when I can't be there with her. Having an alarm right at the cook top is great for busy people or forgetful people that something on the stove is burning.


  5. The interesting things about these products are i) the different approaches they employ to coping with fires caused by cooking activities and 2) they have a wide use, not only for normal family situations but also for those experiencing mild dementia, learning difficulties etc., to support them within their own home.I work as an independent Assistive Technologist and these are just the types of technology required to help manage the demographic pressures and finite resources of health and social services in managing the risks of helping to support people to remain within their own home.


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