OT, fire safety issue!


Received from a friend who is in the property insurance business. It is well worth reading. This is one of those e-mails that if you didn't send it, rest assured someone on your list will suffer for not reading it. The original message was written by a lady whose brother and his wife learned a hard lesson this past week.
Their house burned down.. .nothing left but ashes. They have good insurance so the house will be replaced and most of the contents. That is the good news. However, they were sick when they found out the cause of the fire. The insurance investigator sifted through the ashes for several hours. He had >> the cause of the fire traced to the master bathroom. He asked her >> sister-in-law what she had plugged in the bathroom. She listed the normal >> things....curling iron, blow dryer. He kept saying to her, "No, this >> would be something that would disintegrate at high temperatures". Then >> her sister-in-law remembered she had a Glade Plug-In, in the bathroom. >> The investigator had one of those "Aha" moments. He said that was the >> cause of the fire. He said he has seen more house fires started with >> the plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. He said the >> plastic they are made from is THIN plastic. He also said that in every case there was nothing left to prove that it even existed. When the investigator looked in the wall plug, the two prongs left from the plug-in were still in there. Her sister-in-law had one of the plug-ins that had a small night light built in it. She said she had noticed that the light would dim and then finally go out. She would walk in to the bathroom a few hours later, and the light would be back on again. The investigator said that the unit was getting too hot, and would dim and go out rather than just blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down it would come back on. That is a warning sign . The investigator said he personally wouldn't have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen too many places that have been burned down due to them. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK. NOT ONLY COULD IT SAVE SOMEONE'S HOUSE, BUT IT COULD SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE.
~*IN GOD WE TRUST ~*BARBARA*~
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Again? Check out
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/glade.asp
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Snip a bunch of stuff that is word for word from the snopes web site. At best, there is no evidence to back up the rhetoric in the original post. Snopes itself puts the claim in the category of "Undetermined", however the devices are UL approved and no official fire investigations have proven the devices to have been the cause of a fire.
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More internet horseshit. Do people believe these things?

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So sorry everyone, I was checking e-mail and saw this from a friend and thought it was real. I didn't check to see if it was a hoax. I guess no one before him checked it either. I won't let it happen again. Thanks to all for setting the record straight. Lyndell

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See <http://www.comics.com/comics/pearls/archive/pearls-20060122.html for my opinion.
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Lyndell Thompson wrote:

Lyndell, afer a while, you'll be able to tell when one of those so- called warnings are actually a hoax. People make those up for the express purpose of getting well meaning (but gullible) people to spread them around. For the most part they're just harmless pranks. I get them forwarded to me from time to time by slightly naive friends. One of my favorites was the KFC genetically modified chicken warning. If you've not seen it, look it up.
The fact is that at one point or another EVERYONE is at least somewhat fooled by such an email. You're not alone by any means. Soon you'll be able to spot them on sight.
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... hadn't seen that one before. Amazing.
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Lyndell Thompson wrote:

Perhaps you would consider doing the internet a favor by sending the hoax information to the person who sent the hoax to you, and suggest he do the same.
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Lyndell Thompson wrote:

Uh, did you stop to consider that an 'investigator' could not possibly reach the conclusion that a fires was started by the freshener when all he knew was that one was used in the bathroom?

Considering the above, it woudl be no surprise if he concluded that.

Which would provide less thermal insulation, and therfor run cooler than THICK plastic.

Note the first sentence says there would be no physical evidence, the second says he found physical evidence.

Aside form the considerations above, this last statment, ESPECIALLY IN ALL CAPS, is a pretty clear indicator of hoax.
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: : : : : : Received from a friend who is in the property insurance business. It : is : well worth reading. This is one of those e-mails that if you didn't : send : it, rest assured someone on your list will suffer for not : reading it. : ...
And also rest assured that when someone like me get it, it'll be reported as the spam it is.
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