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My TV: Fire Hazard
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msg:3835092
 9:12 pm on Jan 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Watching my CRT TV (15 years old) the other day and I noticed smoke coming out of the back, along with an unpleasant smell of overheating electronic components.

Needless to say, I moved quickly to turn it off and disconnect it from the power.

We have smoke detectors in the house, none of which reacted to the initial smoke. Oh, and yes, they do work. Perhaps I caught it soon enough.

What concerned me is that we often have the TV on while watching from the other room/s doing chores, etc. Had we been out of the room, I dread to think how it may have gone.

We'll be more careful in future.

 

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3835110
 9:25 pm on Jan 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

By concidence there was a story in our local paper last week about an old guy whose seven year old flat screen went on fire quite dramatically. He managed to escape with his wife but his house was gutted.

mcavic




msg:3835170
 11:01 pm on Jan 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Now I don't feel so silly for doing a nightly off-site backup.

MatthewHSE




msg:3836002
 9:15 pm on Jan 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Reminds me of those news stories awhile back about laptops catching fire and billowing white smoke in the middle of conference centers...

Rugles




msg:3836019
 9:30 pm on Jan 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Watching my CRT TV (15 years old) the other day and I noticed smoke coming out of the back, along with an unpleasant smell of overheating electronic components.

I have had this happen to me twice, once with a CRT computer monitor and once with a CRT television.

Not to sure if it would actaully burst into flames because like you I jumped up and unpluged it.

Bewenched




msg:3836176
 2:50 am on Jan 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I got one for you guys....

A $2.00 bag of dirt and mulch caused $28K in damage.

My gardening Shed spontaneously combusted.. seriously. A very small bag (less than two gallons) of potting spoil burst into flames because some water seeped into it during a rainstorm, then caught the rubbermaid little outdoor shed on fire melting it into a huge puck of plastic. Then to top it all off... it caught the grass in the backyard on fire which then burned underneath our pool filter, pump and heater melting all the wiring and pvc pipes caught the filter housing on fire and flamed up scorching our brick and smoke damaging the eves of the house. A $2.00 bag of dirt and mulch caused $28K in damage. The fire inspector said that the bag had probably been smoldering for days!

Megaclinium




msg:3836180
 2:53 am on Jan 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

How would a bad of soil catch fire when adding water? was it compost that started molding up and hence heating up when water got in?

Brett_Tabke




msg:3837377
 2:23 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

hey, now is your chance to get that new 101 inch plasma you've been talking about...

engine




msg:3837388
 2:33 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

>101 inch plasma

Yeah, but, I just need a room big enough for it, too.

Something more modest, like 37 inch.

Essex_boy




msg:3837392
 2:40 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Bewenched: Thats amazing

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3837448
 3:34 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

It used to be known as spontaneous combustion.

[omafra.gov.on.ca...]

longen




msg:3837626
 6:51 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Watching my CRT TV (15 years old)

15 years old - must be one of those Steam-driven models that were popular back then.

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