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Electrical Accidents

Nature volume 154, page 574 (04 November 1944) | Download Citation



IN a memorandum (J. Inst. Elec. Eng., 91, Pt. I, No. 43; July 1944) which assesses electrical accidents in relation to other accidents, and includes an appraisement of some electrical fire statistics, the published statistics of fatal accidents in Great Britain are analysed and the proportion of those of electrical origin are assessed in their relationship to the whole with special consideration of those occurring on domestic premises. Certain statistics concerning fires attributed to electrical causes in both domestic and industrial premises are studied, and the contributing factors are analysed in the order of their importance. It is concluded that electrical accidents have shown no significant increase in relation to the increased use of electricity. The number of fatal accidents due to defective installations tends towards a very low figure; but increasing attention should be given to the quality and maintenance of flexible connexions of the portable appliances employed in domestic situations and to the design and maintenance of the appliances themselves.

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