Firefighters Are Warning Against A Common Habit Most Of Us Do Everyday

Most of use, including me, use our phones right up until we go to bed. We plug it in beside us in bed, and go to sleep. Not that we think this is the best thing to do, but it feels necessary. We usually use our phones as our alarm clocks so it makes sense to do this. Apparently not.

A New Hampshire fire department posted on Facebook warning cell phone to use their charging cables with caution. They stated that the heat produced by the charger can get so hot that it can burn fabric causing fires, in some cases.

The reason there were burns seen in that post, was probably from exposed wires on the charger. I don’t know about anyone else but I am so guilty of this.

So how bad is it really to sleep with your phone? Brad Nichols, a technician with a technology repair service company told Reader’s Digest, exactly how bad it might be.

He said the act of having your phone on your bed doesn’t pose very much risk at all. It’s when it gets plugged in on your bed when you fall asleep. If a phone is charging and is tightly under a pillow or blanket, it could heat up and cause a fire.

The risk increases if you fall asleep with a video, or music playing, while it’s also charging.

This increases the risk because when you drain or charge your battery, your phone lets off heat, and when you drain your battery by using it while it’s trying to charge, it gets even hotter. “The problem is when it’s covered with cloth and doesn’t allow the heat to escape,” Nichols says. So a pillow or blanket smothering your already overheating phone could be an accident waiting to happen.

To remain safe and prevent over-heating or even fires, here’s a few suggestions and tips.

Young Girl Saves Family From House Fire After Learning Safety Tips At School

A seven-year-old girl has saved her family members from a roaring blaze after learning fire safety tips at school.

Tracy Durant’s quick thinking saved her cousins’s lives, after a fire broke out out when her 13-year-old cousin, Shemaiah, was cooking on the stove.

“It looked like when the stove was on and it came up top and then it kept getting bigger and bigger,” Tracy told WEAR. “I didn’t want us to get killed.”

The young girl’s parents weren’t at their Florida home at the time, so she ran to her neighbor’s house to making the life-saving 911 phone call.

6-Year-Old Boy Becomes A Hero On His Birthday After Saving His Sister

Most kids look up to their hero, rather than become one.

Some kids are given the chance to go above and beyond expectations, and when they are put to the task, they’ve not only changed their own lives, but the lives of others.

What these kids learn the most is that real life heroes don’t have to wear capes to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others.

For instance, when the home of 10-year-old Antoine Burks was engulfed in flames, all he could think about was getting his younger sister to safety.

The fire destroyed everything the family owned, but Antoine ran back into his home and rescued his six-year-old sister Trinity.

“I thought, what if something bad happens to her, it might have been my fault because I am her big brother, and I have to protect her,” he told reporters.

A six-year-old boy from Circleville, Ohio showed the same bravery and quick-thinking as Antoine…on his birthday.

He received the best present he could have ever asked for.

Oprah Evacuated As Wildfires Threaten Her Home

One of California’s largest wildfires in history continues to cause destruction sending the southeastern part of the state into fury.

The massive wildfire is threatening thousands of homes, including those owned by Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and Rob Lowe.

Katy Perry shared that her parents were forced to evacuate their home in Santa Barbara County on her mother’s birthday.

“Woke up to wish my mom a happy 70th birthday today to find my brother evacuating them from the insane #ThomasFire in Santa Barbara County that has kicked up once again… praying for the firefighters & first responders that are fighting it back as best they can,” she said, adding a broken heart emoji. “Love you SB.”

She also took time to send a big thank you to first responders for their tireless work.

“A big thank you to all the firefighters & first responders from all the surrounding areas that have come out to fight these #thomasfire flames… #805strong,” she wrote.

Several celebrities have left their homes because of the fire threat, which started near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula on December 4.

Ellen Degeneres shared last week that she and her six pets had left their home behind last week.

“Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets. I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters. The live stream is on http://KEYT.com,” she tweeted.

She gave us an update yesterday saying that their home was still standing but there was a lot of destruction from the blaze.

“Portia and I are watching http://KEYT.com and seeing all the devastation from the #ThomasFire. Our home is still standing, but so many homes have been lost. Firefighters continue to be my heroes,” she wrote.

The massive Thomas Fire has covered at least 267,500 acres as of Saturday night. Mandatory evacuations, road closures and unhealthy air quality warnings have covered parts of Santa Barbara County.

While burning hundreds of thousands of acres, it has also destroyed at least 1,000 structures and continues to threaten more areas – including the home of Oprah.

Rob Lowe Helps Firefighters Fend Off The California Wildfires

Rob Lowe and his family were among the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the devastation of the California wildfires. For the past two weeks, the destruction has forced over 200,000 residents to evacuate from their home to find safety and shelter elsewhere.

Dubbed the Thomas Fire, it has has scorched 270,000 acres of land, and more than 1,000 buildings. 18,000 structures are still at risk, CNN reports.

It’s California’s third-largest fire since the state began keeping records in 1932, and authorities estimate it will only be contained by January 7, 2017.

Early Sunday morning, Lowe took to Instagram and posted a picture of the fiery blaze encompassing the whole sky from his front lawn. He wrote: Our house aprox 7:30 am today. Pray for Santa Barbara.”

Luckily for Lowe, despite the fire creeping towards his Santa Barbara home, firefighters were able to keep the flames at bay.

Homeless Man Risks His Life To Save Babies From Burning Building

A homeless man is being called a hero after he risked his own life to save two young children after a fire broke out in an apartment. The 10-month-old baby boy and 3-year-old girl were being babysat by their grandfather when the fire broke out.

Anival Angulo lives on the streets but was near the apartment building when he heard the screams of the children. He had to jump a fence to get to the door, but he wasn’t going to let it slow him down.

He was able to get over the locked fence and through a dead-bolted door before the entire room filled with smoke. “Went to the door and saw the babies, so I jumped the fence and I pulled on the screen door and I wrapped up the babies and pulled them out,” Angulo said. “I knew I had to get them out.”

The fire department was called and they revealed just how close they had come to disaster…

George Strait’s Texas Property Destroyed By Massive Fire

On Saturday, November 4, while the rest of the nation was occupied with turning back time for Daylight Savings, firefighters were busy battling a massive fire near Boerne, Texas.

Now, reports have confirmed that the fire, which occurred around 7 p.m, destroyed the club house at Tapatio Springs Resort.

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One of the property’s co-owners is country singer George Strait.

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When the Boerne fire crew arrived on the scene the fire had already taken over the entire structure. They spent hours trying to put out the flames.

“The attic was fully involved when the first crew arrived (just before 7 p.m.), explained Boerne Fire Chief Doug Meckel. “They were evacuating the people who were inside. Right now we’re in a defensive mode, that is, we’re keeping it from spreading, keeping it confined to the one structure.”

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Five fire departments were on the scene battling the blaze and people were advised to stay away from the area because “firefighters and local residents do not need the interruption of your curiosity.” Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the damage appears to be quite extensive.  

The country star has not commented on the incident yet, but the resort has issued a statement and pictures from the scene have also been released.

7 Of The Most Insane Weather Events Ever Recorded

It’s easy to complain when your hometown gets a week of rain straight, or when it’s so hot outside you think you’re going to melt. But as strange and devastating weather events happen more often in today’s world, let’s take a moment to appreciate the raw power that nature has at its disposal.

If you’ve ever had to wait out the terrifying strength of a tornado, it’s hard to imagine how it could possibly get any worse. Nature’s answer? Fire.

Fire whirls occur when wind is able to whip up an already existing fire causing the flame and debris to shoot up into the sky. While not a classic tornado in the truest sense, the whirlwind caused by the lifting smoke gives it the appearance of a tornado-turned-hell-storm. Fire whirls are not totally uncommon, and they have been known to happen in even more populated areas.

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On the other side of the spectrum is the equally frightening rain bomb. Though the United States has seen it’s fair share of rain and storms this past year, the unpredictability of this event is what sends a chill down most peoples spine.

Also known as a microburst, a rain bomb is the product of a rapidly cooling column of air suddenly ‘sinks’ in the middle of a storm. The drop in pressure causes a massive amount of water to fall upon a highly concentrated area, bringing with it winds of up to 150 mph!

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One popular anecdote that might actually have some truth to it is the old-wives tale of animals (cat & dogs or otherwise) falling from the sky. This has been around for ages, and it turns out there’s a good reason for it.

Examples of animals falling from the sky during rainstorms may have some basis in the cases of hurricanes or tornadic waterspouts whereby small animals like fish, frogs, insects, or larger creatures are picked up and dropped onto a nearby town. While few have recorded such events as they were happening, scientists agree that this is the likeliest explanation for mass animal deposits.

There are some events on Earth that are almost too crazy to believe, until you see them for yourself and have your mind blown. Near the top of the list has to be the case of volcanic lightning.

While seemingly the wrath of the gods, this phenomenon (also termed dirty lightning) occurs when the electric buildup inside an ash cloud plume becomes too strong and causes the very atoms to react in a process called charge separation. All I know is, as beautiful as it looks, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near one when it goes off!

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These are crazy, but sometimes Mother Nature comes up with things that seem downright impossible…

Boy’s Family Lost Everything In Wildfire, But His Letter Has Baseball Fans Scrambling To Help

The wildfires that have been spreading through Northern California are nothing short of devastating. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and have lost everything, and they’re often the lucky ones.

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There have been several confirmed deaths in the wildfires, and the areas hit by them now look more like uninhabitable wastelands than residential areas. It’s an incredibly sad scene, especially when coupled with the stories coming from the survivors.

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An especially sad story has been the one of 9-year-old Loren Jade Smith; a kid who has been a massive fan of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. He had collected tons of baseball cards, 17 jerseys, 10 hats, and a signed ball, all from the team over the past six years. We say “had,” because like many of his family’s possessions, they were lost when their house was consumed by the fires.

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Faced with having lost his most prized possessions, Loren penned a letter to the team that soon went viral on the internet, and had other fans reaching for their wallets.

The whole situation is surprisingly touching…

Hero Dog Battles Deadly Wildfire To Save Family Goats, With A Surprise Discovery

As it turns out, dogs aren’t just man’s best friend. As wildfires blazed across California, one loyal dog braved the flames and managed to keep his family’s home-raised goats safe from harm.

“Despite the sounds of exploding propane tanks, twisting metal, and the hot swirling winds, Odin refused to leave our family of 8 bottle-fed rescue goats,” says Roland Hendel, who had to make the agonizing decision to flee to safety with his family.

The Hendel’s had only minutes to gather their belongings before evacuating their property in Sonoma County, some thirty miles from Santa Rosa.

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When it became clear that Odin wouldn’t be deterred from his charges, they were forced to make the tough choice to leave him behind. With the firestorm apporaching, Hendel believed “I had sentenced them to a horrific and agonizing death.”

Odin is a Great Pyrenees, which are known for their strong build, white fur, and guardian-like behavior; however what happened here was far from typical.

The Santa Rosa ‘Tubbs’ fire that Odin and the Hendel family found themselves in turned out to be the deadliest wildfire event in the history of California, according to The Washington Post.

It wasn’t until many days later that the family was able to return to what was left of their home, expecting the worst. But what they found surprised them to no end.