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is your fridge a fire hazard?

by:Qihao      2019-09-01
It\'s too early to tell exactly how the Grenfell Tower fire started-but one of the theories that aired in the last 24 hours is that the fire dates back to a home refrigerator.
Witnesses described a troubled resident apparently telling his neighbors about his fault.
When the refrigerator is lit, it will cause the fire to develop rapidly and release toxic gases.
According to the London Fire Brigade (LFB)
At least one refrigerator fire per week on average.
Earlier this year, a study revealed some components and flammable materials used to produce household refrigerators.
This study pays special attention to the failed parts and then continues to act as the ignition source.
According to the LFB website, some fires starting with the refrigerator begin with a component called a \"Capacitor.
This is a \"passive two-
Terminal electrical components that store electrical energy in an electric field.
\"While most modern refrigerators are now covered in metal, the old models, even some newer ones, still use plastic backing.
Plastic is highly flammable and, if ignited, causes a fire, which develops rapidly and strongly while releasing toxic gases.
The report also highlighted the plastic drip tray, double
The wall backing material and polyurethane foam insulation board are the key reasons for the fire upgrade and spread.
At present, there is no requirement for manufacturers to use non-
Flammable materials to protect the refrigerator from fire.
Rita Dexter, former deputy commissioner for LFB, said in 2015: \"Every family has a refrigerator or freezer that is likely to be plugged in and work safely for years, but it is no exaggeration to say, if they\'re the most dangerous household appliances involved in a fire
\"They contain a large number of foam insulation materials that are highly flammable, usually protected only by thin plastic covers.
This can be a disaster if a fault occurs, or if a fire spreads from somewhere else to a refrigerator or freezer.
\"They are also one of the few appliances in your home that are always on, and if these fires start when people go to bed, they pose a greater risk.
\"Put a simple non
Combustible or fire
The flame retardant cover on the back of the appliance is a relatively simple change that the manufacturer can make, and we think this will reduce the damage and potential death caused by the fire in the refrigerator and freezer.
\"During the controlled combustion test conducted by the LFB, they found that a plastic backed-up refrigerator caught fire after 90 seconds and had to go out after two and a half minutes as the fire began to flood the test room.
In contrast, the fire in the metal back refrigerator was not caught and burned 20 minutes before the automatic fire extinguishing.
If you are concerned that your appliance may not be safe or is recalled by the manufacturer, the LFB has createdto-
List of dates for electrical product recall.
You can also check the manufacturer\'s website or visit the Electrical Safety First recall register.
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