Is it Hot in Here?

My heart’s still pounding as I write this. I was working in my garage studio all morning but needed something out of the kitchen office. As I walked in the room, I smelled acrid fumes and heard a faint crackling sound around the desk area. The Xerox machine spontaneously started up and the smell was getting stronger. I couldn’t see flames but the crackling sound was coming from behind the desk. I quickly turned off the surge protector and the noise stopped.
After inspecting all the machines and cleaning up the tangled cord mess, I realized that the surge protector must be the culprit. I picked it up and put my nose close to an outlet and my suspicions were confirmed. It was a very old unit and needed replacing years ago. I consider myself pretty lucky since I discovered it in time and I was home. I don’t even want to think of the other possibilities. Now is the time to do thorough home fire safety check.

About Karen Elaine

Artist, author and teacher.
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