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Dangers to Children Living at Meth Labs:
Fires and explosions

Approximately 15% of meth labs are discovered as a result of a fire or explosion. Careless handling and overheating of highly volatile hazardous chemicals and waste and unsafe manufacturing methods cause solvents and other materials to burst into flames or explode. Improperly labeled and incompatible chemicals are often stored together, compounding the likelihood of fire and explosion. Highly combustible materials left on stovetops, near ignition sources, or on surfaces accessible to children can be easily ignited by a single spark or cigarette ember.

Meth labs constitute "bombs waiting to be ignited by a careless act." Safety equipment is typically nonexistent or inadequate to protect a child.


This suburban house and its two car garage were destroyed by a methamphetamine lab explosion and fire in Riverside County, California. Statistically, most lab fires happen during a weeknight between 12:00am-6:00am.


Notice the explosive shrapnel damage to the children's bedroom wall caused by the force of the lab explosion.

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