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Frayed cellphone-charging cord causes fire

Frayed cellphone-charging cord causes fire


A HOME IN HOPE, INDIANA CAUGHT FIRE TUESDAY CAUSING AS MUCH AS 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. (DAVE) NO ONE WAS INJURED.. BUT THE REASON BEHIND THAT FIRE HAS AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS ALERTING THE PUBLIC. 24 HOUR NEWS EIGHT BRENNA DONNELLY JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. (BRENNA) THAT’S RIGHT GUYS… THE CAUSE OF THAT HOUSE FIRE WAS THIS … A FRAYED CELL PHONE CHARGE CORD PROBABLY JUST LIKE THE ONE YOU HAVE IN YOUR CAR, OFFICE, OR BEDROOM. IT’S NOT JUST AN ANNOYING ELECTRONIC….. FIREFIGHTERS TELL ME IT’S A REAL HAZARD. (REPORTER BRENNA DONNELLY ) IT’S LUNCHTIME IN HOPE, INDIANA, JUST OUTSIDE COLUMBUS, AND A PASSERBY NOTICES THIS. A HOUSE FIRE.. OFF MARKET STREET… CAUSING 50 TO 70 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY FIRE INVESTIGATORS SAY.. IT CAME FROM ONE OF THESE.. A FRAYED CELL PHONE CHARGE CORD.. INSIDE THE BEDROOM. (( MICHAEL MCNEELY / CARMEL FIRE DEPT : JUST UNPLUG IT AND THROW IT AWAY. )) CARMEL FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY SEE ELECTRONICS SPARK HOUSE FIRES OFTEN… FROM THINGS LIKE POWER TOOLS, HAIR DRYERS, HEADPHONES, POWER STRIPS.. AND THEY WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW.. EVEN A FRAYED CORD CAN SPARK ONE. (( MICHAEL MCNEELY / CARMEL FIRE DEPT : WE’VE SEEN THESE ON A FEW OF OUR FIRES WHERE THE OUTER LAYER OF IT WILL ACTUALLY BREAK DOWN, AND THE INSIDE WIRES CAN START TO TOUCH, AND START TO SPARK AND SHORT OUT, AND IF IT’S IN A LOCATION WHERE THERE’S SOMETHING FLAMMABLE LIKE BED SHEETS OR PILLOWS THERE’S A POSSIBILITY IT COULD START A FIRE. )) SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A FRAYED CORD? ELECTRICAL TAPE, RIGHT? (( MICHAEL MCNEELY / CARMEL FIRE DEPT : GET THEM REPLACED BECAUSE IF THEY’RE STARTING TO BREAK DOWN YOU DONT WANT TO USE THEM 51 REGARDLESS OF IF YOUR CORD IS FRAYED OR NOT… AFTER INCIDENTS WITH BATTERIES HEATING UP.. FIRE OFFICIALS URGE YOU TO FOLLOW THIS ADVICE… (( MICHAEL MCNEELY / CARMEL FIRE DEPT : WE ALL HAVE A PHONE, WE ALL HAVE A CHARGER NEXT TO THE BED, SO THAT’S WHY WE NOT RECOMMEND PUTTING IT ON THE BED OR CLOTHES OR ON A TOWEL, ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE PLUGGED INON A HARD SURFACE OR THAT YOUR WIRES ARE MAINTAINED AND UP TO DATE. )) (BRENNA) NOW IF YOU REMEMBER THE TOTAL COST OF THAT HOUSE FIRE WAS AS MUCH AS 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE COST OF A NEW CHARGE CORD: 20 BUCKS. JUST THE COST OF MAINTAINING YOUR PHONE I GUESS. (DAVE) WE HAVE HAD A RUN OF BEAUTIFUL DAYS. IS IT COMING TO AN END ANYTIME SOON?

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They should make stronger cables supplied with the phone. Not everyone can heat shrink something onto a frayed cable. Companies can spend more money on stronger cables. My advice is to not use a phone with the cable still on it as there is still some flexing. Most people still want to use their phone whilst it's charging. In general more stronger cables are needed.

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