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A recent fire in a Springfield apartment complex highlights the importance of using caution if you have a toaster in your home. The fire demonstrated that, even when not in use, a toaster can cause a fire.
A toaster is to blame for $6,000 in damage to a Springfield apartment complex, despite the fact that the occupant hadn't used it in several days. An investigation revealed the toaster, which was plugged into the wall, was the only competent heat source in the area where the fire started. Safety experts have found that when toasters are plugged into an electrical outlet, the heating element can be energized even though the toaster lifter is in the up or off position, which can pose a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items. While several brands of toasters have been recalled as a result, due to damage to the toaster, it's unclear whether the one involved in this fire was part of the recall.
The Springfield Fire Department encourages all residents to unplug small appliances such as toasters when not in use. Always stay in the kitchen while using any cooking appliance. Also, be aware of any possible recalls by checking www.recalls.gov. And never use an item that has been recalled.
The occupant in this incident suffered minor heat inhalation in the incident and dozens of residents were displaced while crews battled the blaze.
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For media only: For more information, contact Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Erwin at 417-864-1699 or [email protected]