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“House Fires Caused By Storage of 9 Volt, AA Batteries In Junk Drawers & Other Places Rising”

* If You Know of a Fire Incident in Your Town Caused by 9 Volt, AA or AAA Battery Storage in a Home, Please Note it in the comments Section of this Post! Thank You!

Click here for the recent Hastings, Nebraska House Fire on January 16, 2017

If you are storing loose 9 volt or AA or other batteries in a kitchen drawer or a “junk” drawer in your home, watch how you store them. Above all don’t store them loose and rolling around with other metal items, like small tools, paper clips, nails and more of the lovely mix of things we keep in our junk drawers. You also don’t want them loose and rolling around in other items like a camera case, luggage, etc.

All you need to have happened is for a metal object like steel wool or a paper clip short out across the top of a 9-volt battery and ignite paper or other easily ignited materials and you’ll have a potential disaster in your home. As indicated in the YouTube Video below, it doesn’t take much to heat a metallic object or cause a spark in order to start a fire. *Please Do Not Do This At Home*

What to do with a 9 Volt Battery

I teach safety to the public, common sense tells most of us what to do in situations that could become life threatening. I speak to 50-60 people at a time about fire safety in the home on a monthly basis. I get the same reaction from every group when I hold up a 9-volt battery and announce that it is a fire hazard and it could burn down your house.

They all kinda look at me funny, as if to ask, “Did you just say a 9-volt battery could burn down my house?” That look is almost comical.

Q: Where do you store your batteries?

A: Throw them in  in a “junk” drawer

I then hold up a brillo pad. (just one example)

Q: What do you do with the batteries when you are done with them?

A: Throw them in the trash.

A 9-volt battery (see video) is a fire hazard because the positive and negative posts are on top, right next to one another. If this comes in contact with anything metal (aluminum foil, brillo, etc…) it will spark, and if there is a fuel for this spark you will have a fire. (fire needs heat, fuel and oxygen to burn) To test this theory, put a 9-volt battery or a couple of AA batteries in your pocket with some loose change or your key chain full of keys, (use common sense) this will bring on a whole new meaning to the words, Hot Pants.

When you dispose of this type of battery (positive and negative on top) Make sure it is safely wrapped in electrical tape or something to keep it separated from anything else that may come in contact with it. A small box or zip lock bag if kept in a junk drawer should suffice.  I have seen in some stores now that the manufacturers are now packaging them with plastic caps. If you need to purchase a 9-volt battery try to find those that are packaged in this manner.

Try to be just as diligent with AA or AAA batteries. Keep them in their original packaging if stored in a “junk drawer”. Don’t let them roll around freely with all the other wonderful miscellaneous items we unknowingly toss in the drawer and don’t think twice about it.

 

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Change Batteries in Smoke and CO Alarms When Moving Clocks One Hour Forward! (Daylight Savings Time!)

MANY People Don’t Do This! Don’t Be a Statistic! Change Those Batteries!

Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home? Are they working? Sunday, March 9, marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in the United States. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to take the time to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when turning clocks forward this weekend.  Make it an annual habit. This habit could save your life.

Working smoke and CO alarms, which means having fresh batteries, adds an important layer of safety to your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. There are more than 362,000 home fires every year and more than 2,200 people die in them, according to CPSC’s latest Residential Fire Loss Estimates report.

Batteries in battery-powered alarms need to be replaced every year. In addition, CPSC recommends that consumers test their alarms every month to make sure they are working.  Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.

Although more than 90 percent of U.S. homes report having at least one working smoke alarm, only 42 percent report having a working CO alarm, based on 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data.  CO alarms can alert you and your family to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide inside your home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 400 people die each year in the United States from CO poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is called the invisible killer, because you cannot see or smell it. This poisonous gas can come from many sources, including cars, furnaces and portable generators, and can quickly incapacitate and kill its victims.

Put CO alarms on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.  Like smoke alarms, CO alarms need fresh batteries every year. CO alarms also should be tested once a month to make sure they are working.

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – September 17, 2013

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NFPA Looking For Fire Departments To Help Them Deliver Fire Safety With Domino’s & The Home Depot For Fire Prevention Week 2013

Detroit Fire Department kicked-off the 2012 FPW Domino’s program

NFPA teams up with organizations and fire departments across the country regularly to expand the reach of fire safety information, but the biggest push by far happens each October around Fire Prevention Week. FPW, as it is referred to by many, is a time when the fire service and communities rally around fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been involved in this effort for more than 90 years as the week’s official sponsor. FPW will take place October 6-12 this year and NFPA is once again working with a variety of groups to help spread important fire safety information.

Marking its sixth year of collaboration on what has been a very successful Fire Prevention Week public awareness program, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up with fire departments to deliver fire safety to Domino’s customers… with pizza! During Fire Prevention Week and throughout the month of October, in addition to fire safety tips being delivered on the top of pizza boxes, participating Domino’s stores will partner with their local fire departments to reward customers who have working smoke alarms. The fire department will deliver select orders from the store aboard a fire truck and check smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free!

The Home Depot encourages learning in their communities by hosting Saturday workshops year round, and in October they include a focus on fire safety. In collaboration with Kidde, local fire departments, and others, stores host community events that feature information and activities geared toward fire safety. Last year, NFPA teamed up with The Home Depot and Kidde on Fire Prevention Week events and as part of a larger program, The Home Depot ran a sales contest for store associates where the reward to top selling stores was the ability to donate smoke alarms to their local fire department.

If you are a member of a fire department and are interested in learning more about how to participate in one of these fire safety initiatives or others in your community, please email escafidi today.

– by NFPA’s Eileen Scafidi

USFA Fire Prevention Weekly Update – August 29, 2013

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  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus fire safety
  3. Inspections/Code enforcement
  4. Smoke Alarms
  5. Sprinklers
  6. Wildland Fire Safety
  7. Fire safety tips and reminders
  8. Other Safety News
  9. International News

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 08/26/2013

Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities

  1. Study: fire risk reduced by home visits ( U.K.)
  2. Community Wide Home Fire Prevention Seminar (Florida)
  3. Golder Ranch teaches kids fire safety
  4. Marshall Fire Department to giveaway smoke, carbon monoxide detectors
  5. Houston Fire Department: Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives
  6. Springfield Offers Free Smoke Detectors for Older Residents (Massachusetts)

Campus fire safety

  1. Shaw University holds campus fire safety demonstration (North Carolina)
  2. Fire safety emphasized for college students (West Virginia)

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. n/a

Smoke Alarms

  1. Houston Fire Department: Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Sprinklers

  1. New Sioux Falls apartments will need fire sprinklers
  2. Counties pursue different courses on fire safety (Illinois)
  3. Sprinklers prove effectiveness in apartment fire
  4. Residential Sprinkler Systems

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Desire for wild spaces ignites U.S. fire insurance hazard
  2. 5 Ways to Prepare Your Property for Wildfire Now
  3. Texas Residents Urged to Use Care With Labor Day Fires

Safety tips and reminders

  1. Children fire safety tips (Fiji)
  2. Tenn. Fire Marshal’s office urges older adults to take fire-safety measures

Other Safety News

  1. Chief Kyle Minick receives Bringing Safety Home Award
  2. New NFPA report describes fires in religious and funeral properties

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Smoke alarm fitted by the fire service saved woman, 83, from Hemel Hempstead (UK)
  2. Fire Risk Massively Reduced by Home Visits

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – July 9, 2013

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  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus fire safety
  3. Inspections/Code enforcement
  4. Smoke Alarms
  5. Sprinklers
  6. Wildland Fire Safety
  7. Fire safety tips and reminders
  8. Other Safety News
  9. International News

Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities

  1. Lancaster City Fire Department has free smoke detector program

Campus fire safety

  1. Fatal Fire Leads to Safe Student Housing List (Ohio)
  2. State College apartment complex destroyed by fire

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. New Michigan Laws Put Fireworks Safety in the Spotlight
  2. Why Local Fire Chiefs Think Ban on Sky Lanterns Is a Good Idea (Illinois)

Smoke Alarms

  1. Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives
  2. iPhone Dock Smoke Alarm Alerts You During Sleep
  3. Stressing the Importance of Smoke Detector Maintenance (Nevada)

Sprinklers

  1. Fire and life safety educator talks about public awareness of residential fire sprinklers
  2. Sprinkler system does its job; prevents fire spread at Oro Valley apartment
  3. Lafayette Fire Dept conducts sprinkler experiment
  4. Performance of residential fire sprinklers with sloped ceilings (NFPA)

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Fireworks and wildfire: a flame to the tinder – Michigan State University Extension
  2. Experts See a New Normal: A Tinderbox West, With More Huge Fires
  3. Home Fire-Safe Checklist/Defensible Space
  4. Wildfire and Fireworks: Reduce Your Risks
  5. Wildfire experts call for more controlled burns

Safety tips and reminders

  1. Ill. State Fire Marshal has tips for home safety
  2. Keep your home and family safe in a fire (Pennsylvania)

Other Safety News

  1. Boy, 2, dies, bringing central Pa. fire toll to 7
  2. CHILD DROWNINGS: Officials offer strategies to prevent them
  3. Grant to Ga. fire department pays for 4,000 smoke detectors
  4. 28 injured at Calif. fireworks after platform tips
  5. Man helping with SC fireworks show hurt in blast
  6. Fatal house fire possibly cause by fireworks
  7. 2 dead in Richmond blaze linked to fireworks

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Smoke alarms needed to be fitted in the right place, fire chief warns (UK)

State Fire Marshal Warns of 9 Volt Battery Danger – The “Junk Drawer” Problem Continues to Grow!

 

A June 2013 fire in New Hampshire sparked by a 9 volt battery in a junk drawer has fire safety officials warning of how to properly store them.

The resident had just cleaned and organized a junk drawer in her kitchen and the fire was started by storing the 9 volt battery in the same baggie as other batteries, the state fire marshal’s office said in a press release.

The 9 volt battery rubbed against another battery and ignited the fire, according to the investigation by the local fire department. The fire produced smoke throughout the first floor of the home.

In the homeowner’s words, “We were fortunate not have been away for the weekend!”

According to Fire Marshal William Degnan’s press release, a 9 volt battery is a fire hazard because the positive and negative posts situated next to one another. If the ends come in contact with anything metal i.e. aluminum foil, steel wool, paper clip, other batteries, etc. this will create the object to heat up and ignite a fire.

To store safely, keep batterys in their original packaging or keep ends covered. For disposal, make sure that the positive and negative posts are safely wrapped in electrical tape.

Also, remember to check your smoke alarms each month to ensure your family has the early warning to get out safely if a fire should occur in your home.

See CBS Boston Video from 2012 below!

 

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 22, 2013

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  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus fire safety
  3. Inspections/Code enforcement
  4. Smoke Alarms
  5. Sprinklers
  6. Wildland Fire Safety
  7. Fire safety tips and reminders
  8. Other Safety News
  9. International News

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 05/20/2013

Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities

  1. Fond du Lac Firefighters Bring Safety Initiative Door-to-Door – story and video – (Wisconsin)
  2. Savoring sweets to save lives – Ice cream social raises money to install smoke alarms (Iowa)
  3. Fire safety program includes home inspections (Alberta, Canada)
  4. Residents at East Cobb Condo to Get Lesson in Fire Safety
  5. Smoke Alarms Provided to Elderly/Disabled in Texas
  6. Volunteers go door-to-door for fire safety (Iowa)
  7. Chico school kids get the low-down on fire safety (California)
  8. Windsor firefighters knocking on doors to check for smoke alarms (Canada)

Campus fire safety

  1. Dormitory fire halted by fire sprinklers (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Investigation finds SA apartments flunking fire inspections (Texas)
  2. Inspections Important Part of Fire Prevention (Idaho)

Smoke Alarms

  1. New Maryland Law Dictates Need for Smoke Alarms
  2. Smoke detectors could have saved Perryville man (Missouri)
  3. City called for smoke detectors before fatal fire
  4. No smoke detectors found after Pottsville fire kills 6
  5. Sleeping Teens Saved By Smoke Alarm (New York)
  6. Smoke alarms save grandmother’s life during house fire in Elizabeth (Colorado)

Sprinklers

  1. Fire sprinklers save apartment and surrounding businesses (Harrisonburg, VA)
  2. Task force: New apartments must have fire sprinklers (South Dakota)
  3. Fire sprinklers credited with saving three story apartment (Melbourne, FL)
  4. Shenandoah closes loophole in fire sprinkler ordinance
  5. Dormitory fire halted by fire sprinklers (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Creating ‘defensible space’ can be key to homes surviving wildfires (Minnesota)
  2. Which mulch is the right mulch? Research on mulch and fire helps you decide!
  3. Upper Midwest wildfires raise concern for community safety (NFPA)
  4. Tinderbox-Dry Western U.S. at High Risk of Major Wildfires
  5. Australian Council launches app for fire inspections

Safety tips and reminders

  1. Summer Vacation Fire Safety (Georgia)
  2. Fire Chief Gives Out Some Fire Prevention Tips (Indiana)
  3. Establishing a fire escape plan (Alabama)
  4. Extension Cords: Leading cause for electrical fires

Other Safety News

  1. Galesburg fire sparks a lesson in prevention
  2. Fire investigators burning to learn
  3. 1 critical after Motel 6 fire in Phoenix; smoke detectors possibly not working

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Complacency causes fires: NSW Commissioner (Australia)
  2. Australian Council launches app for fire inspections
  3. Fire department helps found education group (Canada)
  4. Windsor firefighters knocking on doors to check for smoke alarms (Canada)
  5. Firies warn residents to do safety check (Australia)

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 13, 2013

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  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus fire safety
  3. Inspections/Code enforcement
  4. Smoke Alarms
  5. Sprinklers
  6. Wildland Fire Safety
  7. Fire safety tips and reminders
  8. Other Safety News
  9. International News

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 05/13/2013

Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities

  1. Fire department on mission to put smoke detectors in every home (Idaho)
  2. Fire agency offers home safety checks (Colorado)
  3. Volunteers knock for fire safety during Council Bluffs canvass (Iowa)
  4. Firefighters to hold “Give Burns the Boot” drive (Georgia)
  5. Teaching Fire Prevention at March for Babies (New York)
  6. Students to learn fire safety and prevention (Tennessee)
  7. Fire district, call center launch smoke-detector program (Florida)
  8. Working For You: Checking Your School’s Fire Safety Procedures (Texas)
  9. Facebook challenges others to match school fire safety gift
  10. Fire safety initiative for high-risk audiences gets underway (Massachusetts)
  11. RCFD pushes fire safety at local school (South Dakota)
  12. GFD helps hotels improve fire safety (Guam)

Campus fire safety

  1. GW Extends Fire Safety to Study Abroad

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Fire codes are intended to protect us
  2. New building code kept fire from spreading, officials say (Canada)

Smoke Alarms

  1. I Survived Part 2 – Galesburg House Fire (Illinois)
  2. Smoke detector saves family from fire in west Houston
  3. Smoke Detector Helps Save OKC Man’s Life (Oklahoma)

Sprinklers

  1. Manhattan Fire Protection District Recognized As Fire-Safe Community (Illinois)
  2. Ontario governments sets deadlines for sprinklers in seniors homes
  3. Mall fire eliminated by fire sprinkler system (St. George, UT)
  4. Sprinklers save new townhome (Pennsylvania)
  5. Editorial: Mandate sprinklers in new homes
  6. 5 Myths About Home Fire Sprinklers (IBHS)
  7. Recent fire in Waterville prompt city councilors to form fire safety panel
  8. Amusement park fire contained by fire sprinklers (Scottsdale, AZ)
  9. West Fertilizer had no fire sprinklers, company spokesman says (Texas)
  10. Sprinklers help save Plainville building

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. California Wildfire Preparedness Week: Creating Fire-Adapted Communities in California
  2. County unveils fire safety program
  3. Wildfire Awareness Week and Arson Awareness Week – May 4 – 11
  4. New York Offcials Warn on Wildfire Danger
  5. Firewise Communities Participate in First CO Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service
  6. NH Prescribed Fire Council plans educational meetings
  7. NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 34 official Firewise communities (NFPA)
  8. GOATS TAKING BITE OUT OF FIRE HAZARD (California)
  9. SD Firewise Program Helps Clean Up Area Forests

Safety tips and reminders

  1. Smoking and oxygen lead to fatal fire (Virginia)
  2. State Fire Marshal gives arson prevention tips
  3. Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office provides Electrical Fire Prevention Tips

Other Safety News

  1. Western Fire Chiefs Association president weighs in with Fighting Fire with Facts
  2. How the Cayuga County Red Cross responds to home fires (New York)
  3. Repeat Fires Put Maine Apartment Dwellers On Edge
  4. Texas Fire Marshal hopes to find cause of fertilizer plant blast
  5. Fire Protection Research Foundation releases report on lithium-ion batteries
  6. Closed bedroom door saves woman from flat fire (UK)
  7. Meijer recalls more than 4500 heaters for fire hazard

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Caroline Springs youngster’s low-down on fire safety (Australia)
  2. New building code kept fire from spreading, officials say (Canada)
  3. Closed bedroom door saves woman from flat fire (UK)

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 7, 2013

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  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus fire safety
  3. Inspections/Code enforcement
  4. Smoke Alarms
  5. Sprinklers
  6. Wildland Fire Safety
  7. Fire safety tips and reminders
  8. Other Safety News
  9. International News

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 05/06/2013

Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities

  1. MFRD: students ride fire boat; learn about fire safety on Mobile River (Alabama)
  2. Donated iPads will be used for fire safety education (Connecticutt)
  3. GFD helps hotels improve fire safety (Guam)
  4. Young pupil’s homework used in fire safety drive (United Kingdom)
  5. Importance of fire prevention and smoke alarms presented to seniors (Louisianna)
  6. There’s no place like Home Safe Home (Canada)
  7. Fire District 1 offering free smoke alarms and home safety checks (Washington)

Campus fire safety

  1. GW Extends Fire Safety to Study Abroad
  2. Fire Knocked Down At USC’s Viterbi School Of Engineering (California)

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Fatal Carmel fire unable to alter building codes (New York)
  2. Focus on fire safety as May arrives: know codes to avoid costly problems (Wisconsin)
  3. New fire code rules in effect this week after Naples raises concerns (Florida)

Smoke Alarms

  1. Girl alerts household to fire OFD: Too many families without working smoke alarms
  2. Mother and two young children safe after escaping fire
  3. Clarington fire chief frustrated by number of homes without smoke alarms (Canada)

Sprinklers

  1. Buffalo Grove Officials Debate Home Fire Sprinklers (Illinois)
  2. Sprinklers credited with keeping Mount Prospect shopping center fire under control
  3. St. Paul fire chief to honor workers who installed sprinklers in public housing
  4. Fire Knocked Down At USC’s Viterbi School Of Engineering (California)
  5. Home fire sprinklers requirements in California yield no negative impact on construction (NFPA)
  6. Proposals to exempt fire sprinklers in the IRC withdrawn (NFPA)
  7. Senior living facility fire contained by fire sprinklers (Tinley Park, IL)
  8. Fire Marshal Leaves Home Sprinklers On Table (West Virginia)
  9. Mesa uses federal dollars to help fund home sprinkler efforts (NFPA)
  10. Fire sprinklers save two Redmond area buildings on Saturday (Washington)

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Communities take action to enhance fire safety (California)
  2. Wildfire preparedness efforts pay off (Colorado)
  3. Fire Marshal Warns of Dangerous Conditions (New Hampshire)
  4. Red Flag Warning up, UC Berkeley identifies risk (California)
  5. Springs Fire May Be Fully Contained Monday

Safety tips and reminders

  1. Keep older adults in mind this National Electrical Safety Month (NFPA)
  2. Deaths illustrate fire safety is not just slogan (South Carolina)

Other Safety News

  1. Communities can combat arson; state fire marshal says work together (Illinois)
  2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors Not Required In Oklahoma Schools
  3. Nearly 50,000 home fires involved electrical failures or malfunctions (NFPA)
  4. Fall safety and high jinks make the point on TV show (NFPA)
  5. 5 women die in limousine fire on Calif. bridge


Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Alarm hailed as life saver (New Zealand)
  2. Tokyo tackles fire risks in old houses (Japan)
  3. Greater Manchester firefighters remind the public to be careful when cooking
  4. Young pupil’s homework used in fire safety drive (United Kingdom)
  5. There’s no place like Home Safe Home (Canada)
  6. Sprinklers to be law in retirement homes (Ontario, Canada)
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