While we think that our home is our safe haven, in reality, it's probably more dangerous than we realize.

Obvious things like gas-burning stoves and chemical cleaning products aside, there's plenty of questionable stuff lying around that can inflict serious damage on us.

Recently, Reddit user Cool_Kid_Lit_Fam_Sam asked other people on the platform to list these potentially life-threatening household objects and that kickstarted a viral online discussion that has reached 4,400 comments and the number is still growing.

So we compiled some of the most popular replies and present them for your judgment—continue scrolling and upvote the ones you think we need to handle with great caution.

#1

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Oven cleaner. Had a friend of the family use it on a warm oven and breathed it in. Messed up her lungs and died in hospital.

queenofthemeeps , osseous Report

Bernd Herbert
Community Member
1 day ago

holy s**t

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We managed to get in touch with the person who made the post and they were kind enough to tell us more about what led to it. "I got the idea for the question from a meme which has two identical cups of blue liquid," Cool_Kid_Lit_Fam_Sam told Fashion Life.

"Behind one of the cups was a bottle of blue mountain dew and behind the other cup was a bottle of Windex. When I saw this I started thinking about how deadly accidentally drinking a cup of Windex would be even though it's an everyday household item that a lot of people have. From this original thought, I turned to Reddit to see what other household objects we were underestimating," the Redditor recalled.

#2

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear my mom used to boil a pot of bleach mixed with ammonia every saturday after cleaning. She said it was to “make the house smell clean” surprised im still alive

Icecreamkillax , Mathanki Kodavasal Report

NsG
Community Member
1 day ago

Oh look, this needs the same warning. Cat urine contains ammonia - do not bleach their litter trays!

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#3

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Not sure if this is entirely related but i feel like it’s surprising that most people don’t know that you can’t put out a grease fire with water

themountainlotus , State Farm Report

Vector
Community Member
1 day ago

its scary how many people have to learn the hard way

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Cool_Kid_Lit_Fam_Sam believes it's easy to forget that many household objects are, in-fact, life-threatening because of the status these items have in our lives.

"The word 'household objects' means objects or items that most people have around their home. Whether it's a sponge or a broom these are things most people have in their homes which makes it interesting when you think about how these everyday items could end up being the death of you. Also may I add, most people would not think these items could hurt and/or kill them due to how accessible they are, which adds to the interest of it."

#4

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear My wife's favorite pans.

See you with a metal utensil anywhere near it, and she will kill you.

DWBKC , Annie Spratt Report

Lainie
Community Member
1 day ago

Smart lady :)

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#5

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear I have an important story!!

When my dad was a kid, one of his good friends died by inhaling Pam cooking spray. The boy was a good, smart kid and just thought inhaling Pam would get you a little high, like sniffing a Sharpie or whatever. But Pam coats your lungs and very quickly suffocates you if you breathe it in. He had no idea how dangerous it was and he was dead in minutes. It was absolutely devastating for everyone who knew him.

TLDR; never ever inhale Pam and be very careful leaving it around kids! Make sure your kids are aware that it is deadly!

greenoctopusink , Mike Mozart Report

Bernd Herbert
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1 day ago

I have no idea what Pam is

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However, according to the National Safety Council, over the last 10 years, American home and community deaths have increased by 76%, and the death rate per 100,000 people has increased by 66%.

In 2020, an estimated 156,300 preventable injury-related deaths occurred in the country's homes and communities, or about 78% of all preventable injury-related deaths that year.

The number of deaths was up 18.9% from the 2019 total of 131,400. An additional 46,800,000 people suffered non-fatal medically consulted injuries.

The leading cause of death American homes and communities is poisoning (56%), followed by falls (26%).

#6

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Doesn't exactly kill but can f**k your hand up for life so remember kids:

A falling knife has no handle.

Corvus_Manufaktura , Lauren Jong Report

Sonja
Community Member
23 hours ago

yop, just jump away and let it fall

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#7

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Candles. Just because they're trendy and smell nice, doesn't mean they're not still a naked flame that can cause a housefire that can kill you in your sleep.

NeverCadburys , Katy Report

Trisha Howson
Community Member
1 day ago

Don't leave candle burning while your alsleep or away. Keep a close eye on them

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Cool_Kid_Lit_Fam_Sam is inclined to think that these tragedies are a result of "people being people."

"As stated before, most folks would not see [their homes] as outright dangerous henceforth they shall let their guard down until... They've accidentally crafted an extremely poisonous gas or simply missed a step on their ladder."

#8

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Bleach and other cleaners accidentally mixed together.

Luder09 , Mike Mozart Report

I I
Community Member
1 day ago

bleach and rubbing alcohol will knock you out as it makes chloroform

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#9

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Pressure washers. The jet immediately penetrates the skin, injecting whatever's inside the washer or lining the washer into the blood stream. Even new, first time use cases can cause severe damage to the body. Do NOT play with pressure washers.

anon , Peachtree Pressure Report

Ziera
Community Member
23 hours ago

You can actually blow the flesh off the bones in your hand, lose an eye, etc., with the amount of pressure these put out. It will happen very quickly. That includes the commercial ones in carwashes and the ones you buy for home use.

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#10

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Cold and flu products/pain killers containing paracetamol . You’re suffering. You taken paracetamol, then lemsip, then more paracetamol, then more lemsip etc, before you know it you’ve had 8g of paracetamol. Your liver starts to fail.

Read medicine labels. Don’t mix paracetamol products.

VixenRoss , Ambrose Heron Report

sonofabass
Community Member
1 day ago (edited)

FYI: Paracetamol is known as acetaminophen in the USA

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#11

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Unsecured free-standing shelves are pretty dangerous, ESPECIALLY for kids who might try to climb on them.

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Brenda
Community Member
21 hours ago

Attach them to the wall, especially if you have kids

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#12

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear I used a mold removing product in my shower. Noticed a wierd unpleasant smell and didn't feel well. Checked whats in the product and quickly realised I almost killed myself.

Moral of the story. Don't pee in the shower or make sure you know your chemicals and how they can react with other chemicals... Or p**s.

SnarkoCockedYourWife , Henry Burrows Report

MonkeyInTheMiddle
Community Member
22 hours ago

If you do put chemicals or something in the shower then you can wash it out before your next shower/bath because then if you pee, you don't die

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#13

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Wet floors, usually bathrooms. Anything that can make hitting your head easier can kill.

Also, rotten potatoes exhale a gas that can be bad if you are in a closed room with a fairly large amount of them. It can kill within seconds.

Brew did a video about it on YouTube.

Flowy_Aerie_77 , Charles Brewer Report

Ian Winn
Community Member
1 day ago

saw a video on youtube is also a major cause of death

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#14

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear A peanut

The number of idiots who think it is so cool to catch peanuts in their mouth. The risk of it sailing into your lungs is far higher than you think.

Novel-Structure-2359 , cyclonebill Report

MonkeyInTheMiddle
Community Member
22 hours ago (edited)

NO ONE'S STOPPING ME FROM EATING MY CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER!!! (I will be careful though)

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#15

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear The two most common types of accidental death in the home are falls in bathtubs and from ladders.

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Foxxy says goodbye.
Community Member
1 day ago

Ladders always make me nervous.

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#16

Magnets. Toddlers will put *anything* in their mouth. If they swallow one magnet, they’ll likely be fine. If they swallow two, they can have intestinal perforation. Without the words to communicate what’s wrong, it can easily be deadly

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Nadine Debard
Community Member
23 hours ago

Same with button cells (batteries) they can leak and kill the child within a few minutes

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#17

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Dryer lint causes nearly 3,000 fires every year. Source: Karen Kilgariff’s dad.

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Brenda
Community Member
21 hours ago

Also clean out the dryer tube that disburses the heat outside.

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#18

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Because it hasn’t been said here yet … F*****G STAIRS
I’ve fallen down stairs at my work , banged my head and woke up in the hospital…. I wasn’t running down them , one f*****g loose floor board on the edge made me fall down 6-8 steps

SexandPsychedelics , Ben Pugh Report

Dan Bert
Community Member
1 day ago

And that's why I keep one hand on the railing.

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#19

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear A humidifier

I thought I cleaned it well but apparently you need to drown it in bleach and or hot water to get all that bacteria out from giving you a severe lung infection

TheRestIs_Confetti , HS You Report

Stoopham McFernybabes
Community Member
20 hours ago

Leaving it out in the sun to dry will achieve ALOT! Also, pretty sure the thing in the picture is diffuser, not a humidifier.

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#20

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear you should clean ur toaster bc if too many bread crumbs collect they could actually catch fire thru the heat of the toaster.

joa_nh , Robert Couse-Baker Report

I I
Community Member
1 day ago

mine has a tray at the bottom you pull out making it very easy to clean , i still forget though

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#21

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Car jack.

If it fails and you didn't use jack stands, and you can't bench press a couple thousand pounds..... you gonna die.

racerx21 , EricTheCarGuy Report

Robert T
Community Member
20 hours ago

Never trust axle stands either. Always put something else under the car, like a couple of railway sleepers or a spare wheel, to create a survival space.

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#22

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear A toilet. Saw a picture once of a woman who stood on a toilet to change her bathroom lightbulb, the toilet broke in half and when she fell the toilet cut her back wide open and she bled out. You could see everything inside of her, brutal.

BoomHazard , dirtyboxface Report

Mattewis88
Community Member
1 day ago

Sounds like an episode of 1000 ways to die.

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#23

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Lift cords on blind windows. I've heard alot of stories of children getting tangled in them by the neck and dying. They have cordless blinds now so those are way better.

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InvincibleRodent
Community Member
1 day ago

This is why all of mine were tied up in a (messy, but tall) knot- I don't ever want to come home to a cat tangled up in those and hurt.

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#24

Cheap extension cords and power strips, especially ones without built in fail-safes that trip them if they are overloaded. The number of people who I see using those cheap, brown, dollar store extension cords, loading up every single available outlet, and leaving them plugged in 24/7 for years on end, makes me cringe.

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Matt MacFarlane
Community Member
1 day ago

That's one reason arc fault circuit interrupters are mandatory for living spaces and bedrooms in Canada.

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#25

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Apparently people can die from hair dryers catching fire. Because they sleep with them.

Reading warning labels on household objects really gets me questioning how humans aren't all dead from idiocy.

chut2906 , Siyavula Education Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 day ago

So THAT'S why they all come with the Do Not Use While Sleeping warning. I never could envision why. No desire for a Darwin award, I guess

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#26

Eye drops, like the kind that removes redness. Slipped into a drink for example even a small amounts can cause cardiac issues or even death as the vasoconstricting properties can stifle blood flow to the heart

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Jj321
Community Member
18 hours ago

Since eye ducts drain down your throat, how is it even save to use in eyes?

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#27

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Microwaves. There's a reason they have a warning to not f**k with them even if they're not plugged in- you can still absolutely get fried if you open it up to mess with it. You're not safe just because it's unplugged.

thewhitepearlreaper , Chris Lawrence Report

Matt MacFarlane
Community Member
1 day ago

There's a transformer and capacitor inside that produces and stores 4000 volts. The microwave tube ( magnetron) uses little insulators made from beryllium oxide. If you break up those insulators the beryllium oxide aerosolizes, youi inhale it, get an incurable lung disease.

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#28

Gas oven, we have cheapo oven where the stove top burner controls aren't the ones you have to push in to release and adjust, the amount of times I have smelled the gas because someone brushed against the damn oven and slightly opened a valve on one of the burners...I'm just glad I have the doors open most of the time.

Don't know if it counts but gas fireplace heaters are dangerous if they are not properly checked by a qualified maintenance tech, or in the case of my high school friend the gas appliance engineer took a bribe from the landlord's son, and my friend died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result, arseholes got suspended sentences but ten year probation.

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Robert T
Community Member
20 hours ago

One of the reasons why I won't ever have a gas hob or oven. You only have to watch the news to see just how devastating a gas explosion can be. It is enough to blow out brick walls and certainly enough to kill not only you, but your neighbours as well!

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#29

People who are left handed using everyday items that were designed to be used with your right hand

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nini
Community Member
1 day ago

It's more dangerous if a right handed person tries to use items designed for lefties... Left handed people are used to adapt (although it IS annoying and difficult sometimes)...

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#30

Food.

Improperly handling just about any food can easily kill you or leave you wishing you were dead.

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Bernd Herbert
Community Member
1 day ago

Oh, and I remember another interesting case from some years ago here in Germany: A man grew his own zucchini (courgette) in his garden. After a meal, during he complained that it was quite bitter, he died. Turns out that zucchini and other squash-like plants have a poisonous substance that we humans have bred out of them. In individual cases, however, they may contain the toxin due to back mutation and backcrossing. I always think of that when people are claiming that "natural" or "organic" products are the most healthy thing, whereas in reality nature really doesn't like to be eaten by us. And plants have only a few ways of protecting themselves from being consumed, and poison is really the way to go for them

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#31

Garage door opener - specifically the springs. Those springs have a crapload of tension in them and if you mess with them they can mess you up. I had a contractor working at the house and he set up his work area in the garage. While he was working, one of the springs just broke on its own. He was okay, but he said it was so loud he thought a car had crashed into the garage.

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Robert T
Community Member
20 hours ago

Equally dangerous are the springs used in car suspension. You need to compress them to change them. Use proper spring compressors and use them carefully. They can literally kill you.

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#32

Dinner plate.....let me explain.

Went to sleep watching TV on the couch😴
Woke up and decided to go to bed but tripped over the vacuum cleaner and fell face forward onto the corner of the coffee table.

I had left my plate from dinner there. Plate broke in half as I fell and sliced me open from lower right rib the top of left pelvis.

60km ambulance ride, hospital and surgery to put me back together.

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nini
Community Member
1 day ago

So, vacuum cleaners just lying around mindin' their own business also belong on this list I suppose

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#33

An air compressor not maintained can explode.

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Funhog
Community Member
1 day ago

Air contains moisture. Air compressors are metal. Over time, moisture accumulates and causes metal to rust. Rusted areas in an air compressor are weakened. Charging a weakened air compressor up to high pressure causes it to blow out; lots of shrapnel. Air compressors have manual valves designed to empty any accumulated moisture.

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#34

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Lithium batteries, idk if this is a normal household object but it burnt my whole 3200 sq ft house in 30 mins

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Will Tiernan
Community Member
1 day ago

The photo is of a completely different type of battery.

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#35

My brother's father in law died falling off a ladder. He wasn’t even high up, just fell badly. His wife (a nurse) tried CPR, but he didn’t make it. He had no other health problems

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Laura Jackson
Community Member
1 day ago

I fell 2.5-3 feet off a ladder onto a tile floor landing squarely on my back. I'm now fused from my second lumbar vertebrae to the first sacral vertebrae and had to retire way too early (age 34) and go on disability.

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#36

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Using compressed air cans near a stove.

Im_Not_A_Human_4 , Household Hacker Report

Robert T
Community Member
20 hours ago

Gas stove. Not going to do much without a flame, though rapid cooling of a ceramic hob may cause it to shatter.

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#37

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Pressure cooker

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BadCat
Community Member
23 hours ago

Those scare me. I never want to own one.

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#38

Cutting boards. Cross contaminations a b***h if you have a bad immune system

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Libby Tailor
Community Member
22 hours ago

I use different cutting board for meat and meat only (I havefive different cuttong biards)

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#39

Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

OD’ing on it only takes about twice the amount on the box’s directions, which is very low compared to other common medications. Its negative effects are kidney failure, which starts with kidney pains, but quite quickly leads to a painful death.

It is scarily common. People first take Tylenol for a good reason but they take too much, so they start feeling kidney pain, so they take more Tylenol for that kidney pain, because they think it’s harmless and should help to feel good. By the time it gets bad enough that they go to the ER, they’re already dead, their body just doesn’t know it yet.

Always follow medication directions, particularly on Tylenol.

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Foxxy says goodbye.
Community Member
1 day ago

When I took an overdose on paracetamol, the Dr and mental health specialist explained how lucky I was. Apparently majority of the time paracetamol overdoses don't kill you, instead it causes severe issues with your liver and kidneys making you very sick. I was very fortunate I have no long term effects, probably helped that I got seen to pretty quickly after taking them.

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#40

Due to certifications like UL, and GFCI outlets in kitchens and bathrooms, there is way more safety built into things than decades ago. Certain woodworking tools are the first to come to mind, but most people realize they are dangerous. Using a table saw wrong and having it launch a board at your face? Or pulling yourself down onto it could easily cause fatal injuries if someone isn’t around to offer quick medical assistance. Lathes, mills, or drill presses can be super dangerous if they snag any loose clothing or hair and pull you in. It seems the people who are least aware of the danger are people who are fairly new to using them so they know the basics but end up overconfident and assume they know everything they need to know.

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Aidan Pite
Community Member
21 hours ago

I used to have a circular saw that had a busted spring on its blade guard, so you had to manually pull it back. I would set it where I wanted to cut, pull it back, then turn it on, and when I was done, I would wait until it stopped spinning before setting it down. One day my neighbour (who works in construction and (you'd think) was very experienced in using tools safely) asked to borrow it. He used a stick to prop the guard completely open. I figured he knew what he was doing, and didn't say anything. Whelp, after making the cut, habit kicked in and he just set the thing straight on the ground without waiting for it to stop spinning, with the guard wide open. Damn near chopped his foot off. Never lent him another tool again.

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#41

A stovetop espresso maker.

The method of operation is the water in the bottom chamber boils, and the steam pressure pushes up the hot water through the coffee grounds into the upper pot.

There is only one safety on these things, and it's the valve on the water tank. If the water is filled too high so it covers the valve, you've made a pipe bomb. If the coffee is ground too fine or tamped and the safety valve is blocked it WILL explode and send boiling coffee and water everywhere.

Luckily this is very easily avoidable. Never fill the water over the safety valve, and never tamp the coffee in the basket.

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Robert T
Community Member
19 hours ago

Fire, heat, pressure, steam.... recipe for disaster if not used carefully!

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#42

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear A garbage disposal sink, seriously if you have long hair and it gets caught in it your in trouble

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Bernd Herbert
Community Member
1 day ago

One of the weirdest things American households have. Still don't get why you should have that in the first place.

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#43

Inserting a copper penny into a screw-in fuse box circuit as a "temporary measure" until replacement fuses can be obtained.

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Matt MacFarlane
Community Member
1 day ago

Yes..suddenly your circuit designed to carry only 15 amps will now carry whatever the main breaker is rated at..typically 100 amps. Serious damage, fire, burns...don't. Just don't.

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#44

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Every electrical appliance and outlet because it only takes about 10ma of current to start causing a heart to stop beating. And most homes have at least 100 amp main breakers and I know my place has a 200 amp main, they won't pop when it kills you either.

Tons of the stuff in our homes has some sort of plastic in it. They get hot and can give off fumes that will at the very least make us sick and may even start to smoke but not be hot enough to cause the smoke to rise to set off a smoke detector.

nightshade00013 , BBJ- Report

Robert T
Community Member
20 hours ago

Then the design of your wiring system is woefully inadequate. In the UK we spilt things down into separate circuits with no more than about 30A on them. In addition to that all electrical appliances are fused appropriately to the current draw of the appliance at the plug, so 13A for a vacuum cleaner or kettle, 5A for smaller devices and 1 or 2A for things like table lamps. And that is in addition to an RCD (Residual Current Device) which will trip out if it detects an imbalance between the current going down the live and coming back through the return (i.e. current leaking to earth). Oh, and most things are grounded and the sockets have switches as well.

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#45

Smoke detectors, if you forget to change the battery or you don’t check if your smoke detector is still working, undetected smoke at night when you are sleeping could kill you.

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Sonja
Community Member
23 hours ago

Can please someone tell me how can I find out if our smoke detector is working without setting a fire near it? We moved in a new flat and it has smoke detectors in rooms. And this is the first time I came to this, never met it before. Also, how can I learn if the battery inside is ok or low?

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#46

People Are Listing Household Objects That Are Actually Way More Dangerous Than They Appear Too much of certain spices. Some spices contain small amounts of exotic substances, that when consumed too much of, can easily cause organ failure.

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InvincibleRodent
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1 day ago

I definitely want to hear a more concrete explanation of this one, lol.

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#47

Cupboard door. One fast wrong turn and a lucky corner shot to the temple and you’re done.

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Laura Jackson
Community Member
1 day ago

Corner of the fridge doors, too. I was putting away groceries and had dropped something meant for the freezer. I bend over to pick it up and didn't realize the freezer door had swung shut a bit. When I quickly stood up the side of my head caught the sharp corner. I come to minutes later in a surprisingly large pool of blood and with a massive headache. I was treated for a concussion and also received 8 sutures and 4 staples.

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#48

I remember all the boilers being super dangerous when I was younger. I can't really remember why because they where being fazed out in the UK when I was growing up but it was either carbon monoxide or they could blow up

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Matt MacFarlane
Community Member
1 day ago

Boilers are pressure vessels. An improperly operated boiler is a bomb waiting to go off.

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#49

The breaker box is about as dangerous as can be by design code changes.

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Matt MacFarlane
Community Member
1 day ago

Still lots of old breaker panels out there that are seriously hazardous..like the old Bulldog Pushmatics.

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#50

An outlet and a fork.

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Robert T
Community Member
19 hours ago (edited)

Something else we have in the UK is sockets with a sliding plate that means you have to have something in the earth pin to expose the live. This is why the prong on the earth pin is slightly longer and goes in first, as it moves the sliding plate out of the way for the other two pins to go in. It means a child has to poke something into two holes in order to get a shock.

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