The NZ Fire Service has created a simulated domestic fire escape situation at

The three things needed for fire are: 1. combustible material; 2. an ignition source, and 3. oxygen.  Eliminate any one of them and the fire goes out.

The biggest problem that needs regular safety checks is the ignition source: devices or their batteries or appliances that can get dangerously hot.  If it comes in contact with combustible material then you have the makings of a fire. Anything approaching the ignition point of paper – 233 degrees Celcius – is obviously dangerous.

See also the earlier post on the Waikanae Fire Station open day.