electrical fire

waking up in the morning to the smell of smoke is no joke!

this occurred with a very close friend of mine recently, as soon as she stepped out of her room in the morning, the smell of smoke almost over powered her. the wiring on her house’s main switchboard had melted and fused together, creating an electrical fire.

the cause? as her electrician explained after he fixed the problem, the voltage fluctuations had caused the wires to overheat enough to melt their protective jacket, short circuiting the whole system and causing the fire! Thank god it was just localized to that one switchboard and caught on time.

This is the latest in KESC’s bid to provide electricity to the more ‘protest prone’ areas of the city, do it at unbelievable voltages! At this one friend’s office, the voltage was not even sufficient to make the fan turn! but it was sufficient not to let the UPS turn on. At my own place, i’ve been replacing light bulbs because they tend to burn out quicker in low voltages.

So what can you do to prevent such fires from happening? given the scenario in karachi these days?

12 Comments so far

  1. BuzzVines (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

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  2. Farah (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    Damn…..that happened to my microwave, TV and ACs last year. They all burned out. KESC is really getting on my nerves :@!

  3. Javaid (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    Only thing we can do is pray that the privatization of KESC is reversed. I put a cover on my fusebox in such a way that the rainwater never goes through and also put up stabilizers. It’s working pretty well uptill now for me.

  4. zee (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

    We have been out of power for almost 2 days!

  5. hira khan (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    that happened to my new straightner….this is just one…we are facing a hell lot of problems….check out the quantity of rain water which is all over…..where is that gona go….

  6. semi-charmed life (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

    Hey folks,

    Theis may sound almost elitest becouse of the monstrous initial costs but in the long run it can save one a small fortune. This option is particularly benificial to small to medium offices and larger homes that are commonly faced with much damage as a result of fluctuating voltages, the wear and tear of KECH electrical infrastructure, sub-par electrical quality in general.. these magic option i am reffering to is a Gas generator. No joke!!.. it may sound like a pricey way to deal with the terrible eectricity we often recieve (or the lack there of).. but when u balance it against the extortionate.. electricity bills we are handed, the damage that takes place and the lack of productivity at the work place.. it is a solid deal.. infact, running my gad generator voluntarily for 9 hours a day saves me close 40% on my yearly energy bills (electricy + gas).. jsut soemthing to think about.. after all we all know that the reality of it is that we wont be gettign decent electricity for years to come… you might aswell invest in a brighet future.. literally.

  7. semi-charmed life (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    sorry for all the type errors.. i have a broken index finger and thumb

  8. semi-charmed life (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    sorry for all the type errors.. i have a broken index finger and thumb

  9. Syed Johny (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    well ! for one thing!
    IF you guys say canceling of privatization is the answer then you are wrong !

    Firstly !
    There is a thing called Fuse ! Which is the primary safety device used !! I think u guys should consider installing it on ur main power board!

    You should understand the situation!
    The KESC system is installed by the govt KESC was not in good quality to keep up with the rain!!
    Thats why whenever it rained previously The power was the first thing to go out!
    There are two ways to solve this problem !
    1) Stop supply to the city ! and install whole new network! ! (Impossible to do, and very Expensive)
    2) The second one is, to keep the power on during the rain , so that the installations vulnerable to rain will itself get burned up!!

    We must appreciate that the power has lately been not shutdown by KESC during rain ! but has only trip due to rain vulnerable system going off! And the replacement devices are of good quality! Those which are rain resistant!!!

    So please be patient!

  10. Imran (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    never once had a problem of wires melting or any electric fires, reason ??? using high quality sheilds and proper mercury fuses. Sometimes the wire fuses tend to not fuse :P but mercury ones are guaranteed … ive seen many electric fires and the main reasons for them are not proper installations and using cheap quality wires. if on a simple low end wire you run high end ACs they tend to melt down. Our electricians are also not good they just want to make money and dont suggest you any thing, and just say that the option you are saying is just going to cost you more nothing else. PLUS these expensive stuff makes their lives more difficult cause their installations are not straight forward. Oh and also try and please try to get good electricians, those who know what they are doing … and better suppervise them, ask them nag them with every question so that they do their job right …

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 2:49 am

    hira zyda voltage k waja se baal kahin vertically straight tu nahi hogayee?

  12. Imran (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

    @ Mansoor
    Please ask your freind to get her house electrical system checked by an educated electrician. The wiring overheating is caused by overloading of current. On high current the circuit breaker should have tripped. Overcurrent may be voltage fall or appliances short-circuit.
    In any case it meant either bad quality circuit breakers or none in her house. GET the load tested and proper circuit breakers / fuses insalled ASAP as suggested by other Imran. :)

    Also if her house wiring has good Nuetral done, she should install ELCB (earth leakage circuit breakers. It trips the circuit even before you feel the shock. I tested myself holding the the two naked wires…..wallah it tripped in an instant. Absalute MUST for house with kids.

    Good luck!

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