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Oogie54  (Level: 199.0 - Posts: 1120)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 2:12 PM


Just a note to remind everyone to be aware of the possiblity of fire hazards around the home. One of my residents at the apartment complex had been leaving a lap-top plugged into the charger all the time and the build-up of heat ignited some clothing and other combustibles left too close. I kicked the door in, but the smoke and heat was too intense for me to enter, got the fire fighters in before the flames spread beyond the one room. Please be cautious of any home electrical devices which could trigger a similar flare-up, especially space heaters during winter months.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 6:03 PM

Yikes! I leave my laptop plugged in almost all the time - and the outlet gets coated in dust and doghair. I'm gonna have to change that habit!

Thanks for the warning. I hope your friends are okay.

Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 7:25 PM

I too leave both of my laptops plugged in all the time. I do keep them on a glass surface with no combustables located close by,but still that is scary

Jenpsmith  (Level: 121.8 - Posts: 64)
Fri, 8th Dec '06 5:50 AM

Thanks for the warning. I've heard mobile phone chargers can do the same thing.

Oogie54  (Level: 199.0 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 8th Dec '06 11:56 AM

I suppose we should be careful with any electronic appliance that generates heat while energized....that would be a long list of common household items.

Geophile  (Level: 157.3 - Posts: 1510)
Fri, 8th Dec '06 3:13 PM

Thanks for the safety message, Oogie. When I try to tell my GROWN kids that they shouldn't leave their laptops, stoves, computers, whatever on, they say "Oh, mom has the look of death." They say I have the "look of teeth" when I pry open their jaws to make sure their multi-million dollar brace work they had done as teenagers is still holding. Oh, to feel invincible again!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 10th Dec '06 9:52 AM

OMG! I leave my laptop plugged in all the time too because I hate getting somewhere and finding that I've let the battery run down.

Thanks for thinking of us, Oogie.


Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sun, 10th Dec '06 10:04 AM

Computer Tip #652/9 LP --- Cats like to sleep in warm places. Show your cat the laptop so they will discover the warm spot and start slipping on it. If a problem (fire) occurs, the cat will make a lot of noise and...

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Sun, 10th Dec '06 4:31 PM

Many major manufacturers have issued recalls of their laptop batteries. This includes Apple, Dell, and Sony. The batteries have been known to cause laptops to burst into flames. If you haven't done so yet I would check the website of the company that made your laptop to see if there is a recall.

Here is an example of what can happen:

Google laptop fire to see all the news reports.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 11th Dec '06 3:24 PM

Make sure you clean the filter on your clothes dryer regularly.
House fires are frequently started thru clogged filters causing heat build-up within the dryer unit, and combustion occurs.

Another source of combustion within a home is those wheat packs we use for soothing aching muscles and necks. DO NOT take 'em to bed with you, and don't leave 'em on a combustible source (such as pillows/cushions/sofas) when you have finished using the item. Straighten it out, and put it onto a non-combustible surface, such as the drainboard of your kitchen sink. It MUST be straightened out properly, so that it cools evenly. Believe it or not: wheat packs start a lot of house fires thru spontaneous combustion.

Make sure all cords for electrical appliances are kept as straight as possible, and not looped around anything or knotted. A fire can start in the kinked area, with disastrous results.

Of course, we all know not to leave matches and lighters around for li'l kids to sneak off with: do you know that kids will HIDE in a house fire?
One of the hardest things for a firefighter to do is find those kids whilst searching thru a burning building. They hide from the big scary fire in closets, under beds, and in all sorts of small places. If they are feeling guilty about having started the fire (if they did) then they may not answer the calls of parents and firefighters; they will be more scared of retribution than the fire itself! Strange but true.

One kid I knew of accidentally started a fire in his clothes closet whilst hiding in the bottom of the closet, playing with Daddy's lighter.
Horror-struck over what was happening, he got out of the closet, shut the door, and the door to his bedroom and went downstairs to watch TV......playing innocent, and hoping that nasty fire would just go away!
The upstairs portion of the house was severely damaged by the fire, but fortunately no-one was injured. The hardest part was getting the truth outta the kid.

Be vigilant, fires can start in many unexpected ways.

I was a firefighter for thirteen years.


Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Mon, 11th Dec '06 4:28 PM

Thanks, Bev for your tips! I'm sure they may be beneficial to a lot of people.

Geophile  (Level: 157.3 - Posts: 1510)
Mon, 11th Dec '06 6:17 PM

Thanks Bev, although I haven't a clue what a wheat pack is! Do we have them here? Just want to remind everyone of candles too....we already have had house fires in San Diego due to unattended candles. Be careful putting greens around votives or any candle. The greens dry out real fast and putting candles next to them is a recipe for disaster. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the holidays.

Diva305  (Level: 145.9 - Posts: 1643)
Tue, 30th Jan '07 10:10 PM

Oh Great-now I read this-AFTER MY HOUSE BURNED DOWN (due to electrical wiring, after installing DSL)

Another important reminder:


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