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Analysis of Electrical Fire Investigations in Ten Cities. Interim Report.



A Gomberg, J R. Hall


his report describes the results of an analysis of electrical fire cases by the Center for Fire Research, National Bureau of Standards for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The report describes the 105 detailed electrical fire investigation reports from 10 participating cities and discusses findings resulting from analysis of the data from those reports. These findings include the effects of tampering, alterations and other system problems, factors that may cause overcurrent devices to fail to operate, the role of extension cords misused as permanent extensions of building wiring, the problems of loose connections between receptacles and wiring, and other scenarios and sequences of events that lead to electrical fire ignition.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


accident investigations, electrical fires, fire investigations, overcurrent, wires


Gomberg, A. and Hall, J. (1983), Analysis of Electrical Fire Investigations in Ten Cities. Interim Report., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 13, 2024)


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Created April 1, 1983, Updated February 19, 2017