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Recycling VS. Safety
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:02:18 AM »
In this video, a man explains how his house caught fire and partially burned thanks to a couple of shorted 9V batteries he had been holding for recycling purposes.



Three things about this presentation strike me:

1) Honestly, what are the chances of this freak occurrence? With probably billions of these batteries in various stages of use and disposal in the US alone, and practically no record at all of them causing fires, why am I supposed to get all worked up about them? (Note that even in the video, the homeowner did not say that the fire marshal or any other authority had pronounced the batteries the cause of the fire; that was his opinion.)

2) If, as is claimed, the batteries awaiting proper disposal (whatever that is) contained electrical power sufficient to start a fire, why were they taken out of service? The man mentions that we are "supposed to" change the 9V's in our smoke detectors at every daylight savings time change, but that sounds an awful lot like the "recommendation" to change your car's oil every 3,000 miles that we get from... the oil companies. (Surprise.)

3) Does a man stupid enough to enter a burning building, risking his own life and the security and happiness of his entire family in search of a pet, have any business producing "educational" videos?

Your thoughts?
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Re: Recycling VS. Safety
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 04:39:32 PM »
In this video, a man explains how his house caught fire and partially burned thanks to a couple of shorted 9V batteries he had been holding for recycling purposes.



Three things about this presentation strike me:

1) Honestly, what are the chances of this freak occurrence? With probably billions of these batteries in various stages of use and disposal in the US alone, and practically no record at all of them causing fires, why am I supposed to get all worked up about them? (Note that even in the video, the homeowner did not say that the fire marshal or any other authority had pronounced the batteries the cause of the fire; that was his opinion.)

2) If, as is claimed, the batteries awaiting proper disposal (whatever that is) contained electrical power sufficient to start a fire, why were they taken out of service? The man mentions that we are "supposed to" change the 9V's in our smoke detectors at every daylight savings time change, but that sounds an awful lot like the "recommendation" to change your car's oil every 3,000 miles that we get from... the oil companies. (Surprise.)

3) Does a man stupid enough to enter a burning building, risking his own life and the security and happiness of his entire family in search of a pet, have any business producing "educational" videos?

Your thoughts?

All I know, is don't put a 9V in your pocket with coins and keys then start sweating.   lol  Been there done that. 
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