9 Ways Old Electrical Wiring Could Cause Significant Fire Hazard in Your Factory

How Many Fires Incident Happen Every Year All over the World?

It is very difficult to calculate the numbers of fire incident all over the world; because national fire incident reporting system of maximum countries has not enough to attend all fires even record each individual incident history. But we can imagine the volume of fire incident and fire-losses analyzing some example from yearly fire incident record of some developed countries like USA & UK.

Fire Incident Loss in the United States During 2017

(Source: Ben Evarts, NFPA Report October 2018)
United States fire departments responded to an estimated 1,319,500 fires in 2017. These fires resulted in 3,400 civilian fire fatalities, 14,670 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $23 billion in direct property loss (this figure includes a $10 billion loss in Northern California wildfires). There was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 34 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 36 minutes 2017. Home fires caused 2,630, or 77%, of the civilian fire deaths. Fires accounted for four percent of the 34,683,500 total calls. Seven percent of the calls were false alarms; 64% of the calls were for medical aid such as emergency medical services (EMS) or rescues.

Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation.


UK Home Office Collected Information on Fire Incidents that attended Fire and Rescue Services.


This information covers fires, false alarms and other incidents attended by fire-crews, and the statistics include the numbers of incidents, fires, fatalities and casualties as well as information on response times to fires. The Home Office also collect information on the workforce, fire prevention work, health and safety and firefighter pensions.

Total incidents
Total incidents per 1 million people
Year
England
Scotland
Wales
Great Britain
England
Scotland
Wales
Great Britain
1999/00
929,573
..
..
..
18,958
..
..
..
2000/01
912,741
..
..
..
18,539
..
..
..
2001/02
990,793
..
63,907
..
20,036
..
21,960
..
2002/03
958,142
..
62,540
..
19,287
..
21,397
..
2003/04
1,016,028
..
63,832
..
20,351
..
21,729
..
2004/05
861,384
..
52,866
..
17,161
..
17,876
..
2005/06
843,734
..
52,485
..
16,673
..
17,676
..
2006/07
854,371
..
56,675
..
16,764
..
18,982
..
2007/08
791,746
..
55,086
..
15,409
..
18,324
..
2008/09
717,805
..
49,293
..
13,853
..
16,290
..
2009/10
680,634
103,781
46,341
830,756
13,040
19,836
15,249
13,739
2010/11
647,350
101,414
46,881
795,645
12,297
19,272
15,371
13,053
2011/12
606,937
91,558
39,997
738,492
11,429
17,275
13,055
12,014
2012/13
521,277
83,830
36,251
641,358
9,745
15,776
11,792
10,364
2013/14
526,803
84,907
38,599
650,309
9,780
15,937
12,522
10,442
2014/15
496,124
85,072
36,425
617,621
9,134
15,908
11,780
9,842
2015/16
529,433
88,869
36,750
655,052
9,664
16,540
11,858
10,355
2016/17
560,408
91,220
37,216
688,844
10,140
16,878
11,954
10,799
2017/18
565,717
91,695
36,764
694,176
10,171
16,903
11,764
10,818

If you analyze the national fire incident report for a particular period, you will find most of fire because of old electrical wiring. When your residence or business is housed in an historic building, or older than 20 years, you cannot say your electrical wiring is reliable, you are with old fashioned electrical wiring. You must set mind to replace the old electrical wiring. Reason why so many fires in older buildings are caused by their aging electrical. Here are some of the hazards of having old electrical systems in your business:

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01. Knob and Tube Wiring

Most of old buildings are old electrical wiring methods is known as “knob and tube” wiring. It becomes one of the significant fire hazard or electrical fires when it’s altered, chewed by rodents. 

02. Under Sized Wiring

Comparing old type’s appliances, the modern equipment and appliances consumed more energy that turned the old electrical wire and circuit breaker under sized.   This can result in the overloading of circuits, which can also cause electrical fires. Running new electrical wire in old house could reduce fire hazard.

03. Poor Insulation Resistance


Due to heating effect again and again for year after year, the wire insulation become poorer to the poorest. Wiring screws, nails, clamps others metallic parts simply become brittle or disintegrated from age, finally fire happened due to old fashioned electrical wiring. So, replacing old wiring by new, keep your factory free from fire hazard.

04. Poorly Modified Wiring



In older buildings, the old style electrical wiring, mainly those from the early twentieth century, it’s not uncommon for wiring, often types of electrical wiring in old homes by wiring technician who had no electrical training. 


05. Faulty Control Units

It’s not only the old house electrical wiring that is a fire risk, the electrical circuit controlling devices like circuit breaker also some times are very old fashioned or simply used fuse wire instated of modern circuit breaker. If your distribution panel hasn’t been upgraded recently, then it’s entirely possible that the switches and breakers that make up the circuits might be faulty. Select the perfect electrical control devices we reduce the fire hazard significantly.

06. Poor Electrical Design

Poor electrical design is another major problem for types of electrical wiring in old homes. If your building and wiring systems are too old, your electrical system may have been designed to meet codes that were in force 50 or even 80 years ago that not meet the recent electrical codes. So, think how to run new electrical wire in old house

07. Faulty Appliances

As per national fire incident reporting system, most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Faulty switches, damaged or unsafe appliance cords and receptacles etc. are the main source of electrical fire.

08. Old Electrical Wiring Without Ground

Electrical Fifre due to poor and old wiring
Poor and Old Wiring Main Causes to Electrical Fire Incident

Most of the cases you will find old electrical wiring no ground, also removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire. Proper grounding could reduce the electrical hazard significantly.

09. Extension cords 




Common fire incident from misuse of extension cords. Without considering the appliances capacity, just plugged directly into outlet and plugged into an extension cord for any length of time, we welcomed the fire hazard. 


Final Speech: Simple way to reduce the electrical fire hazard in your factory or residence to checking the electrical wiring system periodically and follow the national wiring codes. One more important note for you, if you notice any sign of an electrical problem, such as lights blinking, appliances that work irregularly, breakers that keep tripping, or a burning smell of a short circuit, do not try by self, just call an expert technician to rectify and keep hazard free.

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