Originally Posted By: Mike Parks
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“It is this attitude that is dangerous.”
What is more dangerous is unqualified individuals inspecting electrical systems.
From necdigest spring 2004:
"In some respects, just by making a casual observation of older houses, you can understand why these fires are continuing to occur."
This (above) statement is directed to electrical professionals.
"A study done by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in the mid 1980?s
examined detailed information about electrical equipment residential fires in specific
cities. They found that improper alterations contributed to 37% of the fires; improper
initial installations factored in 20% of the incidents; deterioration due to aging system
components contributed to 17% of the fires; improper use was a factor in 15% of the
incidents; inadequate electrical capacity contributed to another 15%; faulty products were
implicated in 11%, and contributing factors were unknown in 6% of the fires studied.
(Multiple factors were coded in a number of investigations resulting in a total higher than