Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 2,000 fires,
10 deaths and 100 injuries every year are related to
malfunctioning heat tape.
heat tape (photo right) was used in the crawlspace under
a local modular home to keep the main water pipe from
freezing. The heat tape was so brittle it broke apart
as it was removed and replaced. Note it only has a 2-prong
plug. All new heat tapes have a 3-prong plug.
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