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The basics of electrical overheating

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Some of the practical tips for identifying and reducing the most common causes of electrical fires are presented. GFCIs should be installed indoors so that when they overheat they do not become a fire hazard or fail to operate and become a shock hazard if they are wet. A critical thought need to be given towards hazardous or marginal applications and locations and upgrading from an indoor to a hazardous-rated enclosure need to be considered. Some of the commonly known defective wiring practices that can lead to electrical fires include loose connections and aluminum and copper conductors spliced together with an incorrect connector. Some of the lesser known issues related to electrical incidents include NM cable, appliances with water involved, and low-voltage applications with field connections.

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