Fluorescent Light Bulb Source of 9-1-1 Fire Call

POINT PLEASANT-Firefighters in Point Pleasant arrive to fire call to find source of smoke was fluorescent light bulb.

“Crews just returned from a call for an Odor Investigation of something burning within a residence. After a brief investigation into the origin of the odor, a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (aka a CFL or spiral-type bulb) was located in a lamp fixture emanating smoke,” the fire department said. “The base of the bulb was in excess of 250 degrees. The light was installed as per the manufacturer specifications.”

Homeowners are urged to check the products they buy and ensure they are legitimately made and UL Listed and also check for recalls. This can all be checked through a simple internet search. A photo of the bulb failure is attached here. If you have a product which fails, and there are no recalls or warnings, you can file a report though the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov).

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