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I-A-B Reader Email Of The Day #10: Fire! [Pics]


I-A-B Letter of the Day: Firestarter!

Hey I-A-B,

We almost lost one of our own this past weekend–veteran I-A-Ber Madduck to be exact. Looks like the only thing that saved her and her family was her home smoke detector.

I just wanted to pass on her letter and these photos she sent me in hopes of spreading awareness of home safety, and more importantly, your smoke detectors. Simple things to overlook in the grand scheme of things, but they actually save lives.

Stop, drop roll… Fancy

PS: Between I-A-B”s SOPA awareness day and this PSA post, we”re getting way too soft. Homepage needs more boobies, STAT!

Longtime I-A-B reader, Madduck almost died last week. Here she shares her story and reminds you to check yo”self.

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Date: 01/18/12 11:19 AM

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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
    18502 posts
    January 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    Link: I-A-B Reader Email Of The Day #10: Fire! - Longtime I-A-B reader, Madduck almost died last week. Here she shares her story and reminds you to check yo`self.
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    Trizz Male 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 11:26 am
    I`m gonna get killed for this, but it`s just asking to be said...

    The spelling went up in flames too.

    Am I going to hell?
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    patchouly Male 40-49
    4746 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 11:30 am
    Holy crap, Dude! I hope you guys are OK. Did you have insurance?
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    nubblins Female 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 11:31 am
    Glad Madduck is okay!
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    marcus2 Male 13-17
    677 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 11:42 am
    @Trizz

    Dude, they had a house fire last night, I don`t think spelling or grammar, in an email to a website they visit, is a priority for them. And, that joke wasn`t even funny anyway.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
    4888 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 11:45 am
    Good advise, i will check my alarms. Good to know that despite the materials damages no one was harmed. We are family here in IAB,or at least is what i feel. Stay safe friends!
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3275 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 11:46 am
    WOW! Scarey stuff, man! Madduck, thanks for sharing!
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    Muncherific1 Female 30-39
    65 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 11:53 am
    Holy carp, Madduck, I`m glad you`re okay, and thanks for the reminder... Just checked my battery and yup, it was dead. Going to replace it ASAP, so thank you for sharing. Be well! xoxo
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    fancylad Male 30-39
    18502 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm
    I just checked last night--the detector by my kitchen needed a new 9 volt. Thanks for this, Madduck.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    January 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    With all that to deal with it was sweet of you to think of others.
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    desslox Male 30-39
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    January 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    let`s also not forget to take one of those compressed air cans and hit it well with air. Those also tend to harbor dust and that CAN affect the how well it works. GLAD you and yours are safe. It`s a shame that it takes stuff like this for us to be more vigilant about the things that make us safe.
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
    3727 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    OMG Madduck! I am so glad you`re okay and like LordJim said, thank you for thinking about us!!!
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
    2674 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    I`m so glad your okay, Madduck!!! How terrifying. I`m sorry for the loss of your home and your things. Is there anything you need?? You can send me an email if you want (profile) and I`ll see what I can do to help :)
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
    997 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    I came back to my flat heavily drunk and thought be a great time (3am) to try and use the fireplace in my room. fairly cheap student accommodation and some ash from the fire melted some wires and created lots of black smoke I was still intoxicated and blissfully unaware and set the alarms off to which my flat mate and flat downstairs found hilarious. They walked in with me trying to dis connect the fire alarm and falling off a table onto my bench press. Because the wires(extension leads used to supply electricity i said was cheap)got damaged it knocked the electricity out. Following morning Fixed all the fire damage and got the electric back wihtout contacting the landlord so I see this as a win. Friends still rank me as best person to live with as long as im not trying to burn down the place. (this email reminded me off this, the fire had been started in a fire place and i extinguished it as it spread, just was unaware of the smoke until the alarm went off)
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    January 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    Cheers folks- may I suggest a dry powder extinguisher too- just got one for £13- had I had it Saturday night this would not have happened. P.S- that T.V you see is not the one that went up- that one is a chunk the size of an apple!
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm
    Duelly noted Madduck.. Glad you made it out.
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    Bjarki Male 18-29
    61 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    Being a firefighter, I can only agree 100% with the Madduck, that having smoke alarms is a lifesaver. Go check them now.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm
    glad to hear your okay madduck
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm
    This is a random cute post. Appreciate the concern Fancy!! <3 Glad to hear Madduck is okay <3 :)
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10722 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    Maintenance staff at the university usually checks up on that. Thanks for the heads up anyways.
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    pianok Male 50-59
    320 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    One should change the batteries at least every six months. jmio
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
    1586 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm
    So sorry for the loss of all your stuff Madduck, but so glad you`re okay. My fire alarm just crapped out on me, but I`m poor and have to wait until payday on Friday to get a new one.
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    Neagle Male 30-39
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    January 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    Probably the only good thing about daylight savings time is the reminder to check your fire alarms. Madduck glad your OK and your absolutely right about having at least one fire (ABC) extinguisher handy.
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    ingrateful Male 13-17
    415 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    I have a couch similar to that
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    my cooking does that for me. i like the british words better.. brigade instead of department. landlord instead of bartender. and shopkeep instead of hey non-nice individual.. such polite people
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    One should change the batteries at least every six months. jmio

    Really? Mine are guaranteed for 10 years and the batteries last that long. They give a different alarm when the battery is running low, too, so you know when to replace them. I have 4. Sure, I don`t *need* that many. But depending on where the fire starts, having 4 might give me a little extra time to get out and a couple of pounds a year is a very small price to pay for that. Maybe I`ll get some more and stick one in every room and stairway. It`s not like they`re expensive. I just prod the test buttons every week or so and change the whole unit every 10 years.

    My local fire brigade fits them free of charge. They also know the most effective places to put them, of course. It saves them money in the long run, as well as lives.

    Also, you get bona fide firemen coming to your house in a fire engine. That`s a good thing in itself for many people :)
  28. Profile photo of PacoP42
    PacoP42 Male 13-17
    1064 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    don`t forget the carbon monoxide detectors! Gas leaks are just as deadly, if not more.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    I suggest something else as well - a planned way to get out of every room in your home. Plan it so that if you need to use it you won`t have to think about it because it won`t be a good thinking time.

    You need a way out as well as a warning that you need to get out. What if the fire is between you and a door? What if your door is solid and locked and you`ve left the keys upstairs when you ran downstairs after the fire alarm went off?

    Next to each of my windows is a way of smashing the crap out of them. Just in case I really need to get out in as much of a hurry as possible and the doors aren`t reachable or usable. Maybe I`ll cut myself on some glass. Maybe I`ll break a leg dropping from the first floor to the pavement. But I`ll survive. I should get around to buying a domestic fire escape ladder - open the box, hook over windowsill, drop ladder down, climb down.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
    2525 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    Sorry about the fire, Madduck. That`s awful, but I`m glad you and your family are okay.

    I know my alarm works because it goes off every time I make dinner.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm
    boobies.
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    swoop408 Male 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    You had a tube television? What century are you in?
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    Bananahammoc Female 18-29
    310 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    Scurry shizz.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    That was a message from your TV. It was saying it is time to let it go and get a new one.
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    talon0325 Male 40-49
    382 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm
    Hey Swoop. Not everyone can buy the latest stuff. Just because something is older than you does not mean it does not work, just like you. Wow, they also had a futon and brick wall. Point being that a smoke alarm saved them and left nothing else for them except each other.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    January 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm
    swoop408: I have 2 tube type HDTVs, Why you may ask ? Because at the time I bought them Plasma HDTVs were extremely expensive, DLP is fuzzy as hell, and LCDs had a lifetime of 5 years.

    Yes, HDTVs are much better now (and cheaper too), but I have what I have and am not buying new until one of these goes out, probably another 5 to 10 years.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    January 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm
    Damn Madduck, glad you and your family got out safe.
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    crackyhoss Male 18-29
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    January 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm
    glad that you guys are ok!
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    Selous Male 30-39
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    January 19, 2012 at 1:22 am
    the real message here is you should ALWAYS watch your tv
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    January 19, 2012 at 2:11 am
    I`m glad you`re OK Madduck.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    January 19, 2012 at 2:29 am
    Damn Madduck, glad you and your family are ok. This sh*t scares the crap out of me, lost family in a fire before.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    January 19, 2012 at 2:34 am
    Anybody know what would cause a tv to catch fire like that? Just curious and paranoid.
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    StompinRound Male 30-39
    49 posts
    January 19, 2012 at 3:06 am
    off to store to buy a pack of 9v batteries...

    its great that everyone is ok, thanks really

    this just made realize i have not changed the batteries in my smoke alarms in 3 years
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    Vimto Male 40-49
    2852 posts
    January 19, 2012 at 4:13 am
    Glad you`re OK, will check mine when I get home. Seconded on the CO alarm, I knew a chap who died from long term monoxide poisoning, it`s a horrible way to go.
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    epiphany101 Female 30-39
    512 posts
    January 19, 2012 at 4:53 am
    Damn! Glad you`re ok & hope you have some good support. House fires are terribly tragic, even when everyone survives.
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    Flibmeister Female 18-29
    833 posts
    January 19, 2012 at 5:41 am
    glad you`re all ok madduck, and glad doesn`t cover it. but it`s the best word I have. love and support to you and yours xxx And thanks for the heads up. went and checked. scared the shizle out of my guineapig, but the batteries are fine thankyou and my alarm is fricking loud, which is lovely...

    may I take this moment to warn people about faults in common rail diesel engines without turbo intercoolers? cos my car blew up this week.
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3775 posts
    January 19, 2012 at 9:54 am
    SO sorry about the family tragedy but thanks for the post. reminded me that the rent houses have smoke detectors but our big house doesn`t.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7421 posts
    January 19, 2012 at 10:07 am
    Just to go over- Thanks for wishes all. Yes- I have tube T.V- everything I own is secondhand- firstly because we are skint, secondly because I prefer to not put good stuff into landfill. We have our animals insured for vet bills- but what we got once we can get again- this does not apply to people or animals ( mostly) . Apparently anything with a capacitor and dust can go up when switched off but plugged in. Angillon is correct- those in uk get good alarms free from fire brigade- so get them...
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    January 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    [quote">Anybody know what would cause a tv to catch fire like that? Just curious and paranoid.[/quote">

    A CRT has a large capacitor that stores a lot of charge. Enough to kill you even *after* it`s been unplugged for a while, if you`re unlucky. The larger the CRT, the larger the capacitor. There are also very high voltages, into the tens of kilovolts. So you`ve got plenty of potential difference to shove the charge in the capacitor through high resistance...and that means a lot of heat.

    I was curious enough to have a look and, much to my surprise, the biggest single cause of TV fires in the UK >10 years ago (i.e. when they were almost all CRTs) was...the on/off switch.

    Seriously:
    DTI detailed report

    See, for example page 69.

    The on/off switch. How bizarre.

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