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How To Avoid Fires When Thawing Frozen Pipes

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MARYLAND - In the last 5 days, there have been two separate home fires sparked after attempting to unfreeze pipes.

The most recent happened Tuesday around 5:30 PM in Talbot County, where a resident tried to repair a pipe that had broken while frozen with a blow torch. We spoke with the Maryland Fire Marshal's Office who offered tips on how to safely work with these situations.

Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal, Tom Harr, says a good way to thaw pipes is, "a small electric space heater, a heat lamp, something in that affect that doesn't have a direct flame coming out of it. It's the slower process but it's safer than the open flame." But his first bit of advice, is to hire a professional.

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