Chinese CFL Bulb Fire Warning-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a warning that has gone viral on the Internet that alleges that compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, made in China by Globe, may be a fire hazard.
The warning dates back to 2010 and according to the “frequently ask questions” (FAQ) page on the Globe website it is a hoax.
Globe said that the materials used in their CFL products “will not ignite.” The products are made with fire retardant plastic and normally char or deform from escaping heat at the end of the life of the bulb.
Screen shot from the Globe FAQ page
GOOD TO KNOW……..INFO from FIRE DEPARTMENT:
Here is a picture of a CFL light bulb from my bathroom. I turned it on the other day and then smelled smoke after a few minutes. Four inch flames were spewing out of the side of the ballast like a blow torch! I immediately turned off the lights. But I’m sure it would have caused a fire if I was not right there. Imagine if the kids had left the lights on as usual when they were not in the room. I took the bulb to the Fire Department to report the incident. The Fireman wasn’t at all surprised and said that it was not an uncommon occurrence. Apparently, sometimes when the bulb burns out there is a chance that the ballast can start a fire. He told me that the Fire Marshall had issued reports about the dangers of these bulbs. Upon doing some Internet research, it seems that bulbs made by “Globe” in China seem to have the lion’s share of problems. Lots of fires have been blamed on misuse of CFL bulbs, like using them in recessed lighting, pot lights, dimmers or in track lighting. Mine was installed in a normal light socket. I bought these at Wal-Mart. I will be removing all the Globe bulbs from my house. CFL bulbs are a great energy saver but make sure you buy a name brand like Sylvania , Phillips or GE and not the ones from China
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