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Appliances, Electronics and Wiring Fires can be Prevented

Why You Need Effective Fire Suppression

In the Greater Sydney Area, renegade appliances cause fires in apartment buildings with alarming frequency. In many cases, these blazes spread to neighboring units and cause extensive damage, often beyond repair.

These are the most dangerous consumer products you own. The following is a list of consumer products and their associated numbers of fires as recorded by the ACCC’s Product Safety Australia

The ACCC figures cover fires between 2019-2021, or in some cases, the most recent available data.

Many fires are caused by electrical malfunctions in miscellaneous electronics and components, including:

Gas Ranges (44,708 fires) Most gas ranges have automatic ignition systems that can ignite with just the turn of a knob. Some ranges also have self-cleaning modes that can ignite if the cooking surface gets too hot from food burning during the cleaning cycle.

Scrubbing Machines (4,918 fires) Scrubbing machines can be particularly hazardous because of all the water and cleaning solutions inside, which can result in electrical shocks and electrocution, especially if someone comes into contact with an exposed wire.

Fireplaces (3,722 fires) Fireplace sparks can often fall on combustible materials around your home, causing fires to break out if they catch alight in nearby carpet or furniture.

Microwave Ovens (2,308 fires) Microwave cooking is convenient and fast — but it’s not always safe. Cooking accidents are common: You might spill something on a plate and forget about it while it heats up

Flat-screen TVs – Flat screen televisions have become increasingly popular over the last decade due to their durability and advanced technology. According to data, there were 40 reported incidents involving flat screen TVs in 2017 with 4 of those incidents involving fire fatalities. While these numbers are still low compared to other types of fires, there has been an increase in these cases since 2011 when no fatalities or injuries were reported

Laptops overheating, especially on softer surfaces.

In addition, there have been nearly 30,000 reports of home electrical fires from Australia’s Product Safety system. The most common causes of fire were:

Overloaded power points (35 percent) – Australians consume more electricity than ever before, which means overloaded power points are a major fire risk. You can reduce the risk of overload by using power boards with built-in circuit breakers and surge protection.

Overheating cables (28 percent) – Overheating cables can cause fires if they start arcing or shorting out. This is often caused by frayed or damaged cables that need to be replaced. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your cables for damage and replace them when needed.

Light fittings (22 percent) – Light fittings are more commonly used in commercial buildings but any buildings with light fittings should take care to make sure they don’t overheat or over-extend their powers supply.

Older appliances. The wiring may be in poor condition and insulation may have deteriorated, making them more vulnerable to sparks.

Dishwashers. When water drips from a leaky dishwasher onto internal wires, a fire can result. Refrigerators and freezers. They may be cold, but their components can still catch fire.

Dryers. Safety requires more than just emptying the lint filter (although you should do this at least once a year). It’s also recommended that you clean out your exhaust hose and dryer cabinet with a cleaning service every year.

Fire hazards, electric shock and injuries are common for people who use dryers. A qualified party should inspect appliances annually, checking electrical cords, connectors and outlets to be sure they are in good condition and not overloaded.

If broken appliances are typically replaced with the lowest-cost used appliances you can find for your units, this step is even more important. It is also a good idea to register the appliances used in your units (if you are responsible for them), and if you are responsible for older appliances that you cannot register, set up a Google alert for any recall notifications.

Other safety tips: Be cautious about new devices with extra bells and whistles. New technology brings new challenges. For example, microcomputers in appliances can pick up electromagnetic interference (EMI) from mobile digital devices and other sources if a suppressor is not installed. Otherwise, the signals could cause the appliance to turn itself on— even when the owner is not home.”

What’s In Your Walls?

In Australia, electrical hazards are the cause of more than half of all home fires and result in one death every week. A careless or poorly performed installation can contribute to this statistic.

Many electrical fires involve the connection of wires that are not compatible with each other. This can happen when running new wires over old ones or when an electrician replaces one circuit board with another of a different kind. It is a common but potentially lethal mistake.

Troublesome electrical circuits are also often caused by circuit boards that are overloaded with appliances. Australia has some unusual wiring systems in its older houses, which can lead to problems as we add modern appliances like computers, microwaves and televisions to already taxed circuits. Inspections for fire safety should include checking for overloaded circuits and faulty connections.

However, you may not have any idea who did the wiring, how competent they were, if they were licensed, or what standards they adhered to.

There are simple rules to follow to stay safe:

There are many things that can be considered personal safety, but fire safety is the first thing that comes to mind. It is important to be fire safe!

There are many causes of fire so managing unwanted fires requires a range of strategies and technologies. Fire extinguishers or a security alarm system are just some solutions.

In fact, fire alarm systems are one of the simplest ways to prevent fires. When getting one installed, it is vital to make sure it’s reliable and working effectively. You can depend on Complete Fire and Pumps to deliver the highest quality service.

Yours In Fire Safety

Alex

 

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