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How a Simple 9 Volt Battery Started a House Fire - Please Don't Let It Happen to You

Science & Tech  (tags: 9 bolt battery, house fire, safety, batteries )

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After living through a fire in his own house, Dave shares the lessons he learned during his experience. Please share this message with friends and families so that they can learn to be safe with batteries.

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Sue H (7)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 9:14 am
Very helpful video, thanks.

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 10:07 am
Thank you for this information.

Irene S (69)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:10 pm
How ludicrous, the battery of a smoke detector set the house on fire. Thank you for the helpful information, Dandelion!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:35 pm
Thanks for sharing this info.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:49 pm
Scary, I had no idea. Thank you Dandelion.

Many Feathers (139)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:04 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:06 pm
You are all very welcome. I had no idea either Birgit so I figured others most likely didn't know.

Rhonda W (376)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:20 pm
I know this can be done. The inmates use to use their batteries that they used for the radios to light their smokes.

Carol D (346)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 4:12 pm
Thanks Sheryl! I have heard this before...scary thing!

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 4:15 pm
Thanx Dandelion... Need to get duct tape and find my recycle center for a bunch of old batteries...Posting on fb.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 4:18 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 4:42 pm
Actually he said electric tape, so I'm not sure if that is the only way to prevent this or if duct tape does the job too. I myself fixed the situation he spoke about by placing electric tape.

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 4:45 pm
Sent to friends and family. This is a crucial element in safety which SHOULD be common knowledge!

Judith C (159)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 4:57 pm

S J (130)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 5:16 pm
when i was a kid i tried to set my grandma's house on fire with so many mathods.
Thanks for the video Dandelion

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 6:34 pm
Excellent post Shery! Shared, twittered and google+.

Angela J (61)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 7:15 pm
Thank you.

Athena F (131)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 7:46 pm

John B (185)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 8:51 pm
Thanks Dandelion for providing this important video! Viewed and noted.

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 9:01 pm
I was provided with this information where I worked, but I'm glad to see it being made available on a wider scale. Thank you, Sheryl!

Edith B (146)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 9:58 pm
Thanks, Sheryl I shared this on facebook. People need to know this.

P A (117)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 12:07 am
I got 2m24 seconds through this and ended up with my rescue dog in my lap shaking with fear - I am pretty sure it was the several high pitched beeps through this video as they have upset her before. I don't know if the alcoholic (who also abused her) who owned my beloved dog before I got her had set his house on fire, but that beep certainly terrifies poor Molly into a shaking mass of fear. I have soothed her now and will look up the info on how to make a 9v battery safe when putting it out for recycling. Thanks Dandelion for the info - who would have thought a 9v battery could set a house on fire - I hope they were all alright!


P A (117)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 12:24 am
OK - searched online and couldn't find anything - can't listen to rest of tape as it would upset Molly again - I assume the solution is to put non-conductive electrical tape over the terminals so a connection can't be made accidentally - and am now frightened of all my old batteries!

P A (117)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 12:27 am
Have now ordered some electricians tape for this purpose!

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 1:11 am
It's not his fault.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 4:08 am
Thanks Sheryl.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 4:47 am
Yes Pat, electrical tape over the terminals. I think a lot of us have batteries banging around in a draw loose or we store them together to save them to bring to the proper disposal place. Get those contact places covered and yes he let all know his family and pets all out safely.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 6:21 am
Thanks for sharing, Dandelion

Jaime Alves (52)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 6:47 am

Natalie Away J (125)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 9:35 am
Thanks Sheryl, this is scary and I had no idea this could happen, but now I do know! Will be passing the info on to make others aware.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 2:22 pm
noted, thanks

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 4:05 pm
How horrifying.

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 4:07 pm
I've always believed, that is you haven't something today, you aren't paying attention.

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 6:27 pm
Very Educational! I shared the video on Facebook.

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 8:31 pm
Thank you Dearly Dandelion! I also was completely unaware that a piece of electrical tape could have saved this man's home. He sounds like he was very knowledgeable about disposing of them properly, but this news is something I've never heard before. I will use E.Tape on all batteries in the future, as I also have bags of batteries in the drawer and in my trunk of my car (which were recently disposed of properly). Fantastic information.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 8:32 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks for posting Dandelion.

Eve M (7)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 8:47 pm
Very helpful. Thank you. Sharing.

Edwin M (346)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 4:22 am
Wow! thank you so much Sheryl, I would never have imagined a fire could start this way.

. (0)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 5:32 am
Seen this and passed it on. Thank you.

alicia m (97)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 9:38 am
noted, gracias

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 12:52 pm
In my post, I forgot the most important word, LEARNED.

'If you haven't LEARNED something today, you aren't paying attention.

Kit B (276)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 1:09 pm

Sorry to be so late, but I am just getting to this batch of mail. Thanks for information about batteries. May I add that if you have used batteries please do not toss them in the trash. Many stores have a recycling or proper disposal policy. I save them up for a while and take them to a local hardware store.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 24, 2014, 2:01 am
Thank you Dandelion :)

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 24, 2014, 4:29 pm
Noted. Just wanted to add my thanks for posting this important info, Dandelion.

Shirley S (187)
Friday January 24, 2014, 4:44 pm
Thanks for sharing this important video. I feel sorry for this man who is so remorseful about the fire.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday January 24, 2014, 6:50 pm
Thank You for this!!

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 24, 2014, 7:53 pm
amazing! I caught from the video : "...put them in a sack for recycling and into my garage". A sack? how many batteries does he want to store there until he recycles them with the next shopping at his closest supermarket?
any dead,old or rotten batterie we take immediately to the batterie recycle container in every supermarket where one would normally visit at least once or twice /week. No such thing as "storing" any more than 1, maybe 2-3 the most if they came from one device for any longer time! You don't need a sack or bag for that.
Thx Sheryl!

Sheryl G (363)
Friday January 24, 2014, 8:02 pm
If only we had so many nearby recycle containers Angelika. One in every Supermarket, wow, what a concept. We might catch up over here in some Century.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 24, 2014, 9:24 pm
EVERY supermarket must have containers such as for batteries, wrappers, paper and a plastic bottle recycle and refund machine. The latter don't return you cash but a paper receit you cash in at the cashier or deducted from your bill.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday January 24, 2014, 9:41 pm
Things like that are very spotty over here. One supermarket has a place for plastic bags, most don't have anything for recycle. Some stores like office supplies do the ink cartridges from printers, towns will usually do a yearly get rid of paint, batteries, and some pharmacies run the safe medication returns. Some towns do a better job than in other places for recycle. My town has curbside recycle pick up for cans, bottles, plastic, cardboard and paper but not for the apartment buildings. I finally got my apartment place to at least start with a paper and cardboard recycle spot. We are so behind the curve ball.

Sherri G (128)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 11:26 pm
TY Dandelion very informative and good to know Noted.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11:58 am
Noted and shared. I had no idea that you needed to cover those terminals and that electrical tape would do the trick. Thanks Sheryl.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:25 am
This is a very important video, I will share it. Thanks Sheryl.

Sam H (410)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 4:07 am
How a Simple 9 Volt Battery Started a House Fire - Please Don't Let It Happen to You

...Or anybody else, I'd say!

fly b (26)
Monday February 3, 2014, 1:27 pm
I am going to watch this. thks Dandelion

Abo r (107)
Monday February 3, 2014, 3:37 pm
Thank you Dandelion.for posting and Jess for the forward.

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 8:22 pm
I have a bag of batteries that have been used but are still good in a bag in my fridge..
is the tape just for when recycling or any kind of storage?..
sad story but glad to know everyone is ok..
wonder why there isnt a warning on battery would prevent lawsuits
TY for this info Dandelion

Neill Abayon (667)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 10:20 pm
Thank You Dandelion!

Patricia Cannell (825)
Monday February 17, 2014, 5:56 pm
OMG! I never knew this but I am sooo glad to know it now. Thanks so very much for sharing D-lion! Kudos to you for thinking of others!

Tara Tompson (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2014, 4:25 pm
I never knew it could be so dangerous. I have been thinking about recycling my batteries. I should make sure that I don't have any thrown in there.
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