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Exploding food could pose hazard for pet owners
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Author:  Staff [ Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Exploding food could pose hazard for pet owners

I posted this story on another forum where I was trying to find the orginal story but could only find this one that mentions the shelter that this happened to. This story explains how dog feed can be hazardous if not stored safely.

Many of us are pet owners, and that means bags of dog food or cat food piled somewhere in our home. It seems harmless, but it could be an accident waiting to happen.

Happy Hills Animal Shelter in Liberty, N. Carolina recently burned completely to the ground. What sparked the fire should serve as a warning. Investigators say exploding dog food was the cause. And local officials say it could happen to any pet owner.

"Wwhen these substances break down they put out heat that can actually ignite the very substance it is breaking down," said Oklahoma City fire spokesman Brian Stanaland.

And when the heat can't escape it causes the bags to spontaneously combust. Local animal shelters are aware of the problem.

"I've heard of it," said Lynn Smithson. "If it gets wet and hot that's a bad mixture and it can explode."

Fire officials say anyone who stores any dog food needs to be aware of the danger and take precautions.

"Make sure you keep your dog or cat food dry," Stanaland said. "Make sure it's stored in a well ventilated place. You don't want this stuff to get really compacted and tight."

And if you buy it in bulk take extra precautions.

"When you buy new dog food make sure you put it on the bottom and the older dog food you can put on top," Stanaland said.

Officials say the safest thing you can do is not buy pet food in bulk, because then you'll use it before it's a problem.

If you do stockpile pet food, experts say you need to check it from time to time to make sure it isn't wet or rotting.

Author:  augrad [ Fri May 07, 2010 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Exploding food could pose hazard for pet owners

That is the strangest thing I've heard in a while. But then again, I go through 40 pounds of food a week, so it doesn't sit around very long in my house. :lol:

Author:  LucyBasset [ Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Exploding food could pose hazard for pet owners

That is quite interesting. I suppose I'll follow the tips, though. :wink: