As regular readers of the Back Page may well have spotted by now, there are plenty of hazards in domestic activities, often emerging only when individuals are trying to keep things neat and tidy – a good excuse for the state of our office, we think. For instance, a man was injured back in November in Halifax, UK when his car exploded.
What happened was something like this: stuck in traffic, the man decided that his car smelled bad, probably on account of him smoking in it. He sprayed an aerosol of air freshener all over the place to cover up the stink.
His mistake was then to light up another cigarette. The lighter ignited the mist of air freshener, blowing out the windows of his car and buckling the doors; the blast was so fierce that it also damaged windows at nearby businesses. Police closed the road while they investigated what went on.
Perhaps the good folk of Yorkshire are not attuned to dealing with domestic cleaning products. Nor indeed those of Essex: a very similar incident was reported in Southend-on-Sea in September 2017.
THE TROUBLES ARE BACK
Nor perhaps in Northern Ireland. Last November a woman was injured by falling down the stairs at her home in West Belfast after an air freshener exploded, blowing out the ground-floor windows.
Fire crews found that the air freshener had been left on top of a wood-burning stove and had heated up to the point where it exploded, creating an overpressure that caused the damage. The woman was rushing to find out what had gone on when she fell.
The local fire chief said the outcome could have been much worse had there been anyone in the living room where the blast happened and urged the public to be vigilant: “Always store any aerosol canisters away from any source of heat or naked flame.”
CARRIE ON SCREAMING
We all know that Hallowe’en is a big deal nowadays, and nowhere more so than in the US. But play with the dark side at your peril… Last 29 October emergency crews feared the worst when they attended a wrecked car in Huntington, West Virginia, especially when a young woman staggered from the wreck with her prom dress torn and covered in blood.
The woman, a 20-year-old named Sidney, was fortunately not badly hurt. What she was, in fact, was dressed up as the character Carrie, as played by Sissy Spacek in the film of the same name; indeed, she had not been to any run-of-the-mill Hallowe’en party but had been playing the part in a promotion of Carrie the Musical.
Sidney explained that at the end of the evening, she had been too tired to shower and remover her make-up before heading home and just got in the car and drove (not very well, clearly). She could not remember how she came to have her accident and, when speaking to the press afterwards, did not even recall where it happened.
Her side of the story came out some time later on Twitter (of course). “If anyone wants to know how my weekend went I totalled my car while dressed up as Carrie and everyone who was a first responder thought I was dead HAHAHAHAHA IM SO SORRY,” she wrote.[post_title] => NOS: Fresh air fiends [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => nos-fresh-air-fiends [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-02-03 11:06:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-02-03 11:06:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hcblive.com/?p=15970 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )