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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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Male, 40-49, Europe
 12381 Posts
Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:00:04 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.

DTI detailed report

See, for example page 69.

The on/off switch. How bizarre.

Female, 50-59, Europe
 6845 Posts
Thursday, January 19, 2012 10:07:51 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...

Female, 50-59, Southern US
 3576 Posts
Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:54:21 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.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 840 Posts
Thursday, January 19, 2012 5:41:18 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.

Female, 30-39, Australia
 514 Posts
Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:53:15 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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