Potential fire accidents can be prevented through Infrared Thermography

With fire, you never really know how much damage has been done until much later. Most often, the residents of any complex, either residential or commercial, repose so much faith in their builder that they fail to check whether the electrical installations and wiring are capable of handling loads. Many commercial complexes, hospitals, hotels and other establishments never worry about how their installations are failing to match the increasing loads.

A potential fire mishap lurking in your electrical installations can be detected early with the use of Infrared Thermography, according to an expert in the field. Director of CSR Impex Pvt Ltd, C. Vidyasagar Reddy, (Ph: +91 94400 66907) says he has been employing the technology over the past 10 years to inspect the electrical panels of various establishments, especially software companies.

“Insufficiently rated systems deteriorate over time due to an increase in ambient temperature and overloading. Thermography inspection helps in monitoring the healthiness of the electrical systems of each and every building,” says Reddy.

Infrared Thermography means measuring the temperature at a particular point using Infrared technique. Temperature is an important parameter to know if the loads on any system are heavier than the allowable limits. “Using the infrared equipment, we check the panels at the point of input for loose connections, improper wiring and overloading. Any existing faults in the system can be detected by inspecting the lugging at the end of the power cable,” says Reddy. A potential short circuit can be discovered beforehand by checking the heat from the panel.

Infrared technology is based on the principle that all objects emit various levels of radiation. When the hand-held device with a lens is focussed on a particular object, the embedded sensors would receive the temperature at that particular point, and the result will be flashed on the screen. If the temperature is beyond allowable limits, then it can be detected that something is wrong and appropriate measures taken.

However, there is little awareness about this in India. No hospital has come forward for the inspection, which costs Rs. 10,000 per visit.

V. SWATHI