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New Delhi. Manufacturers of the electrical cable industry and experts associated with this industry have expressed concern over the increasing cases of electrical fires in commercial and residential buildings across the country. They have attributed this to the unorganized players or companies which have around 35% market share in the industry. It is alleged that unorganized players use recycled copper and PVC and have been avoiding paying GST for a long time, which gives them the benefit of local market.
Gopal Rao, consultant and former director of RSP Design Consultants, says that in most cases a short circuit is to blame. To avoid this, people should choose only products made from reputed brands, whose quality is tested by government agencies. If to save some money, we will work with unorganized local products whose quality is of poor quality, then accidents will not be prevented.
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Large share in the market of 20 thousand croresThe building wire market is around 20,000 crores, but most of them sell PVC or FRLS insulated wire. Accidents are encouraged by using such wire in the building. According to experts, there are many reasons for electrical fire such as overloading, loose connections, loss of insulation, bad conductors, human error etc. These fire accidents not only cause loss of property, but many lives have also been lost. Selection of conductor according to the load, proper insulation and quality control play an important role in preventing this.
Experts say that if a good quality cable is fitted properly and is not tampered with, it should last for years. So whether the electrical equipment is of Indian standard or international standard, correct equipment and installation matter more. Most incidents occur when a circuit is overloaded and this overloading is caused by a lack of PVC insulation and live circuit conductors coming into contact with each other. In major fire accidents, most people die due to inhalation of toxic fumes and suffocation.
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how can rescueGopal Rao says that it is important to choose the right type and size of wire and users should insist on only class 2 conductor wires. Wires with PVC or Low Smoke PVC (FRLS) insulation should be avoided and the conductor should be of EC grade copper with 99.97% purity. He also advised not to overload by using multi-pin sockets, which could result in the circuit carrying a load in excess of 70% of the socket or wire rating.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 06, 2023, 12:20 IST
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