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Fire Hazard Warning
updated: Dec 17, 2013, 12:08 PM

Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley and Joe Poire, City of Santa Barbara Fire Marshall, both members of the District Attorney Arson Task Force, seek to alert our community about a potential fire danger. At this time of year, local Fire Departments have traditionally reminded our community about the dangers of highly flammable Christmas trees. While live trees remain the leading hazard of the holiday season, we would also like to emphasize the potential hazards of electronic chargers in use, and remind the public that even these simple, low voltage devices may start a fire.

With thousands of these devices planned for use during this gift-giving season, we ask that you please remember the following:

• During normal operation, heat is generated at the device transformer. In addition, the power cord is capable of producing enough heat to cause a fire without the device even being plugged in. It is therefore very important that consumers never leave chargers plugged in near combustibles of any kind, particularly combustibles that might have a tendency to over-insulate the device, such as bedding, carpet, furniture, paper, etc.


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