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Analysis of Electrical Fire Investigations in Ten Cities. Final Report.

pdf icon Analysis of Electrical Fire Investigations in Ten Cities. Final Report. (4102 K)
Hall, J. R., Jr.; Bukowski, R. W.; Gomberg, A.

NBSIR 83-2803; 65 p. December 1983.


Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC

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National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.
Telephone: 1-800-553-6847 or 703-605-6000;
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Order number: PB84-159789


accident investigations; electrical fires; fire investigations; overcurrent; wires


This report describes the results of an analysis of electrical fire cases by the Center for Fire Research, National Bureau of Standards for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The report describes the 105 detailed electrical fire investigation reports from 10 participating cities and discusses findings resulting from analysis of the data from those reports. These findings include the effects of tampering, alterations and other system problems, factors that may cause overcurrent devices to fail to operate, the role of extension cords misused as permanent extensions of building wiring, the problems of loose connections between receptacles and wiring, and other scenarios and sequences of events that lead to electrical fire ignition.