Is your RSS feeder hungry yet? Well, probably not . . . but I’ve been too busy to do much feeding. A few days ago Mum noticed that one of the kitchen lights was dim when turned on, then suddenly brightening. I thought maybe I hadn’t screwed the bulb in all the way when I replaced it last week. Then, two days ago, it didn’t come on at all (the other, on the same switch, worked fine). So I climbed up on the footstool, took down the globe and tried to remove the bulb. It wouldn’t budge! Very strange! And the socket was quite warm . . . I was concerned, so we put a bit of green painter’s tape over the switch to remind us not to use it and called the landlady. Her husband (as handy as my Dad was) came that evening. He managed to remove the bulb; the end looked like this:
. . . melted! And the wires above the socket had browned! Two things that scare me in a building are water (since my flood over a year ago) and fire. That was too close for my liking!! The landlord was great, as usual; now the fixture looks like this
I’m sharing all this so you will take it seriously if your lights (or anything electrical) start acting up. Don’t wait; check it out immediately! I assumed I had put the bulb in loosely; I might have left it another day or two before checking and we could have had a fire, so easily! Not only that, but from Tuesday on, I am sleeping at my Aunty’s for a week. If a fire had happened, Mum might not have realized it in time. We have a smoke detector, but it takes longer to get up and mobilized when one is 90!
All is well now, though, which is what counts. And I have taken this to heart.