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M.Srinivas
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A small oversight or wilful neglect of safety at home can wreck havoc and lead to a situation where repentance hardly helps, writes M.Srinivas

Precaution: Check for good quality of cables, switch boards, sockets and other material while constructing a house.
Precaution: Check for good quality of cables, switch boards, sockets and other material while constructing a house.

Neglect anything but not safety issues, particularly at home. A small oversight or wilful neglect of safety at home can wreck havoc and lead to a situation where repentance hardly helps.

And one such crucial aspect of home safety is electricity related and one which most often remains neglected or even when certain attention is demanded, the mater is relegated to a later date.

A bit of statistics here. Over 25 per cent of fire accidents across the globe are electrical related whereas in India, the incidence rate is around 56 per cent! Of these, 15 per cent incidents occur due to aging cables in buildings and electrical gadgets, say experts.

Improper upkeep of the environs along with lack of maintenance of cables and electrical equipments also is found to be contributing in the increasing fire accidents, says V. Srinivas, Director, Synergy Infra Consultants Private Limited.

According to him, residents should not use substandard quality of cables, switch boards, sockets and other material while constructing house. This initiative will surely enable them prevent fire accidents and live in peace.

Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI), Hyderabad Chapter, President, K. Shashank underscores lack of awareness on electrical safety which has been causing immense damage. In fact, awareness on electrical safety is not high even among the professionals leading to almost eight per cent death in industries every year caused from electrocution despite having stringent rules to enforce.

Having identified the gap, the Association has organised a two-day international seminar and exhibition on ‘Electrical Hazards and Life Safety' here. Ray Vinay Ranjan, Director-General, State Disaster Response and Fire Services, inaugurated the proceedings on Thursday.

K. Ranganatham, Joint Managing Director (HRD and Distribution), AP Transco and Padma Janardhan Reddy, Chief Electrical Inspector General were also present on the occasion.

Mr. Shashank says seminars such as these helps create a better awareness on the safety of electrical systems which is of paramount importance in all establishments be it a residence, commercial complex, hospital or an industry.

Speakers from abroad spoke about the best practices adapted in their countries.

Focus was also laid on latest codes, regulations, reasons for electrical faults, systems for mitigating problems, occupational safety, surge protection, best earthing practices besides electrical safety audits and fire protection of electrical hazards.

An exhibition was also organised to showcase the latest and cost effective fire and security related products.

FSAI is the trade body and a chamber of commerce of fire protection, safety and security engineering services industry in India with a primary goal to spread awareness on fire safety and security among all sections of society. The association has chapters at Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam with more than 1,000 members.


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