Oh My! FIRE!

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  1. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    Okay, this thread is to inform people about the dangers of electricity around the fish tank. I know it's been preached before about the GFCI outlet, and I am writing this to re-emphasize that point!!

    I'd been meaning to get a GFCI outlet, but never seemed to get around to it. Well, last night I heard a sizzling noise and then there was a lot of white smoke.....

    My power strip had caught on fire from water dripping into it. Thank goodness I was awake and in the kitchen, because it happened after midnight. I could have easily been asleep. The power strip and some pumps are totally singed and will need to be replaced. But I am not complaining at all about that! All my fish made it through the night with nothing but the heater on.

    And thankfully I had just watched an episode of the Cosby Show that talked about fire safety, so I knew what to do with the electric fire - smother!

    The house still stinks like burnt plastic - ewww. I'm going to do a water change tonight and go get a GFCI outlet! So all of you that don't have a GFCI outlet - GO GET ONE!!!
     
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  3. reefmonkey

    reefmonkey Giant Squid

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    I'm real glad you and your family weren't hurt and that your home didn't burn to the ground!

    G F I!!
     
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  4. Puffer Chick

    Puffer Chick Giant Squid

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    YIKES! that had to been a huge scare glad you caught it and nothing seriously damaged. glad to hear your fish made it ok
     
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  5. Reef2Keep

    Reef2Keep Purple Spiny Lobster

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    HOLY SMOKES! (no pun intended) Glad to hear no real harm or damage was done to you or the equip. Yes, GFCI and drip loops!
     
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  6. RedGambit

    RedGambit Giant Squid

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    Sorry to hear, I made sure all my outlets where able to be used outside, IE water proof etc... lol
     
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  7. bama

    bama Humpback Whale

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    wow, Im glad youre ok.. It could have been much worse..
     
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  9. Robman

    Robman Great White Shark

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    Dang KC...glad everything is OK!!
     
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  10. Night-Rida

    Night-Rida Finback Whale

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    glad you caught it in time! some people mount power strips, to keep them off the floor too.
     
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  11. MoJoe

    MoJoe Dragon Wrasse

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    Wow KC, glad you're ok! Def water & electrical equipment don't mix but are inevitable in fish keeping so it's a great heads up from a trusted member.
     
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  12. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    It could have been so much worse. I am SO thankful I was awake when it happened. I think I only slept about 3 hours last night I was so stressed out and freaked. So I'm not feeling great today, but eh. Happy my house is still standing.