Plug-In Air Fresheners Can Have Tragic Effects

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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The following is from an article given to the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department.

A home burned to the ground and left the family with nothing but ashes. They had good insurance, so the home and most of the contents will be replaced.

That's the good news. However, the family was sick when they found out the cause of the fire.

The investigator sifted through the ashes for several hours. He had the cause of the fire traced to the master bathroom.

He asked what was plugged in in the bathroom and they said just the normal things, curling iron, and blow dryer. He kept saying, "No, this would be something that would disintegrate at high temperatures. Then they remembered they had a fragrance 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 had seen more fires started with plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. The plastic they are made of is a thin plastic, and 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. The lady said there was a small night light built in it. She said the light would dim and then finally go out. And then a few hours later the light would be back on. The investigator said this was a warning sign the unit was getting too hot, and it would dim and go out rather than blowing the bulb. He said he personally would not have any type of plug-in fragrance device anywhere in his home. He had seen too many fires because of them.

I had several of those plug-ins in my home and took all of them out after reading this article.

Running of the ducks

The Landmark's Second Annual Duck Race is scheduled for 2 p.m., this Saturday, March 26. Ducks are available the morning of the race for $5 each. All proceeds go to the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department. There will be prizes for first, second and third place.

Easter events

The Annual Christopher Creek Homeowners Association Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Contest are scheduled for Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at the Forest gate on Elk Run Road at the top of Hillcrest.

Children should bring their own baskets to hunt for the 400 eggs the Easter Rabbit will hide. There will be additional prizes for the funniest and cutest bonnets worn by both girls and boys. Immediately following the egg hunt there will be a best bonnet contest among the adults, so get busy on your Easter Bonnet.

This Easter I have said a special prayer that the Lord will bless all your lives with love, hope and peace.

A very Happy Easter to my mom, Marian Serge, who is staying with us from Pennsylvania. We are so lucky to have her here for this joyous holiday.

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