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It’s Not Just the Criminals Who Are Stupid

I watch a lot of crime dramas. Lately, I’ve been noticing how many detectives and cops are portrayed as having outer doors that are all little windowpanes in the top half. Like they aren’t aware that a burglar can break or cut the glass and just reach in and unlock the door.

Likewise, too many TV families have a freaking great ladder just lying on the ground there. Hello. The burglar can take the ladder to a window that’s not overlooked by neighbors, climb up, break the window, and in they go. It’s a welcome mat.

And best of all, the key under the doormat. That really takes the prize. Any robber over age twelve knows about this, if only from seeing the morons on TV doing it. Fake rocks and frogs and flowerpots don’t delay them by much; they’ve seen that too.

Forgodsake, if you’re at all concerned about being robbed, put in a solid door, lock up the ladder, and leave the spare key with a neighbor, not right by the door.

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Who Knew? Stored Batteries Can Start a Fire in Your House

This video about a house fire initiated by stored batteries showed up in my Facebook feed the other day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSJH21WmALc

Uh-oh, there’s a lot of batteries just thrown together in a cardboard tomato container in one of my kitchen drawers. So I looked into it further. As I understand it if anything metal/conductive makes a connection between positive and negative terminals there will be a spark. If there is anything flammable within range of the spark, it will catch fire.

It’s especially easy to do this with 9 volt batteries because the terminals are right next to each other. All it takes is something like a nail, some steel wool, or the scissors that used to lie among the batteries in my kitchen drawer to lie across both terminals at once and there’s a spark.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/08/22/experts-warn-against-storing-9-volt-batteries-in-junk-drawer-due-to-fire-hazard/

The batteries from things like cordless drills and dust busters can to this too:

http://experttooltips.com/Cordless_Drill_Batteries_and_Fire_Hazards.shtml They say to put a piece of electrical tape across the terminals to prevent sparking. This author says not to use adhesive tape because the residue may stay on the terminal and interfere with the function of the thing the battery powers. Another possibility is to store batteries in the original plastic container they came in.

It isn’t only batteries with both terminals at one end that can start a fire. In fact you can start your campfire with batteries on purpose if you want: http://www.ehow.com/how_4550284_start-fire-batteries.html

This right here is why I love the internet. I’ve been paying attention all my life and until now I just never knew about this, and I still wouldn’t if not for the internet.

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