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

Submitted by: fancylad 5 years ago

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.
There are 50 comments:
Male 12,365
[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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Female 7,836
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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Female 4,086
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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Female 833
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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Female 512
Damn! Glad you`re ok & hope you have some good support. House fires are terribly tragic, even when everyone survives.
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Male 2,859
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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Male 49
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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Male 4,902
Anybody know what would cause a tv to catch fire like that? Just curious and paranoid.
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Male 4,902
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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Male 4,290
I`m glad you`re OK Madduck.
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Male 1,197
the real message here is you should ALWAYS watch your tv
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Male 254
glad that you guys are ok!
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Male 12,138
Damn Madduck, glad you and your family got out safe.
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Male 17,512
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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Male 382
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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Male 4,793
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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Female 309
Scurry shizz.
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Male 1,754
You had a tube television? What century are you in?
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Male 4,004
boobies.
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Female 2,525
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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Male 12,365
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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Male 1,064
don`t forget the carbon monoxide detectors! Gas leaks are just as deadly, if not more.
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Male 12,365
[quote]One should change the batteries at least every six months. jmio[/quote]

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 :)
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Male 2,376
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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Male 415
I have a couch similar to that
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Male 1,404
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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Male 1,586
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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Male 320
One should change the batteries at least every six months. jmio
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Male 10,845
Maintenance staff at the university usually checks up on that. Thanks for the heads up anyways.
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Female 3,696
This is a random cute post. Appreciate the concern Fancy!! <3 Glad to hear Madduck is okay <3 :)
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Male 2,988
glad to hear your okay madduck
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Male 61
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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Male 25,416
Duelly noted Madduck.. Glad you made it out.
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Female 7,836
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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Male 997
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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Female 2,674
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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Female 3,727
OMG Madduck! I am so glad you`re okay and like LordJim said, thank you for thinking about us!!!
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Male 94
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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Male 7,123
With all that to deal with it was sweet of you to think of others.
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Male 19,861
I just checked last night--the detector by my kitchen needed a new 9 volt. Thanks for this, Madduck.
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Female 65
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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Male 5,190
Mines is on. You know that is the first time I`ve ever checked it :/
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Male 3,314
WOW! Scarey stuff, man! Madduck, thanks for sharing!
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Male 5,013
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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Male 677
@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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Female 1,743
Glad Madduck is okay!
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Male 4,746
Holy crap, Dude! I hope you guys are OK. Did you have insurance?
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Male 1,383
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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Male 19,861
Link: I-A-B Reader Email Of The Day #10: Fire! [Pics] [Rate Link] - 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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