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  1. #11
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    Default Re: How do electrical fires start in the home?

    If ur to use a turkey fryer make sure the bird is still wet.

    Now in all seriousness it is good to know how things can happen so you can make sure to prevent them. Granted quality workmaship is the key to preventing most accidents.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: How do electrical fires start in the home?

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler View Post
    My personal favorite accidental fire is to use the deep fat fryer for the Thanksgiving Day turkey. Each year about 20 homes are burned down that way. Apparently measuring the oil is beyond what some folks can manage.
    I guess they never heard of Archimedes and the G0lden Crown.

    (Just found another "bad word" on this forum: g0ld. Have to use a zero in place of the oh, or it gets munged.)
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: How do electrical fires start in the home?

    Quote Originally Posted by harmissionsmith View Post
    Have you ever seen an electrical fire? Can a person start an electrical fire? How do you prevent electrical fires? Any info. would be appreciated.
    I always have this nightmare scenario with the wiring coming loose inside the junction box. Would a junction box prevent the fire from going further? I'm also often concerned about irons and flatirons left plugged, and my kitty knocking them over. Can those cause fire?... Had to drive back home couple times in the past month just to unplug those... Can anybody answer without implying that I plan to burn my house down?

  4. #14
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    Default Re: How do electrical fires start in the home?

    OCD is a decent excuse. I'll accept that as being honest. You understand of course we don't want to be accidentally helping someone commit a felony....


    Junction boxes are sized with fire in mind. The amount / number of wires inside a junction box is related to the size so that there is a limited amount of air for combustion. Properly closed / lidded junction boxes should do their job. The iron is up to you and your cat.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: How do electrical fires start in the home?

    Just train the cat to unplug the iron before knocking it over.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: How do electrical fires start in the home?

    Overloaded circuits with poor connections.

    Wires covered in thermal insulation and bundled together, got overheated.

    Lightning and surges and Lack of good grounding

    Rodent damaged wiring

    Wires damaged with staples, nails & screws, frayed extension cords.

    Defective breakers, switches, receptacles, equipment

    Wiring overload protection (fuses & breakers) too large.

    Aluminum wire, improperly installed or maintained.

    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
    Maurice Turgeon, thesemi-retiredelectrician.com

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