Microwave Fire Caused by Dry Towel
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  CH2M-WG Idaho, Idaho-WG

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Fire Protection, Office/Home Safety, Occupational Safety and Health

On July 7, 2015, a worker microwaved a dry washcloth towel for approximately 2-1/2 minutes. When the towel was removed from the microwave, it had discolored and smelt of smoke. Seconds later the towel burst into flames and consumed the towel. Fire investigations revealed that this type of event is not uncommon.

In the video below a Spokane Valley Fire Investigator confirmed through simple tests that heating hand towels in microwaves have been the catalyst for two recent house fires.

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