Mir­ror, mir­ror...

Keep your in­door mir­rors out of di­rect sun­light

Tillsonburg News - - FRONT PAGE - Chris ab­bott

Till­son­burg ’s Anne Dyk­ster­huis has an im­por­tant fire safety mes­sage to share with the com­mu­nity after watch­ing a sim­i­lar story on the evening news.

“It’s such a lit­tle thing,” said Dyk­ster­huis, hold­ing a makeup mir­ror with a mov­able arm that had used in her bath­room.

“It hap­pened about a year ago. I was clean­ing win­dows and I hadn’t no­ticed it right away. And then the next day I thought, ‘what’s that black spot on the win­dow?’”

What might have been a small black spot on her white win­dow frame was not so small.

“Then it stum­bled on me, that it had burnt. And then I thought ‘Oh, I know what hap­pened!’”

There was no burn­ing smell, she noted. And it didn’t burn the cur­tain, only the frame.

“The sun was shin­ing on there, it was late af­ter­noon. The mir­ror re­flected, and... the house could have burned. Now who would have thought?”

Dyk­ster­huis did not im­me­di­ately take the mir­ror down, but moved the arm so the mir­ror, which has a reg­u­lar side and con­cave (mag­ni­fy­ing) side, was out of any pos­si­ble di­rect sun­light. Not long after that the mir­ror de­tached from the arm, so she took it down and it was some time be­fore it was re­assem­bled. By then she had re­placed it.

“I moved it where the sun wasn’t go­ing to hit it. It was a small mir­ror, it could go any­where. Later on, yes, I took it down.

“It was just the way it was set. I don’t know which side (reg­u­lar or con­cave) it was.”

Watch­ing the news on CTv she saw a sim­i­lar makeup mir­ror had nearly caused a house fire in Toronto last sum­mer.

“They were say­ing ‘not to put mir­rors near the win­dow.’ It was the same type of mir­ror, about the same size too. This is im­por­tant for peo­ple to know. I want my friends to know, I want ev­ery­one to know.”

To­day, Dyk­ster­huis uses a smaller makeup mir­ror - and she is very care­ful to store it out of the sun­light.

Chris ab­boTT/till­soN­burg News

Anne Dyk­ster­huis shows the makeup mir­ror that nearly caused a fire in her Hick­ory Hills home last year.

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