IGSU: More than a quarter of the fires were caused by non-compliant electrical installations

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According to the statistics of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU), over 25% of the fires produced last year were caused by non-compliant electrical installations (undersized, overloaded, defective or improvised). Their incidence increases during the cold season due to improper use of heaters or the use of “artisanal” heating sources (such as radiators or makeshift stoves), announced Delgaz Grid, an E.ON subsidiary.

”The sizing of the installations for most of the houses, at the time of their construction, did not take into account the use of electric means for heating/ producing hot water or food preparation (hobs, power plants, boilers, stoves, radiators, radiators). In addition, in old houses, especially in rural areas, the facilities were sized for low consumption, appropriate for a minimum of lighting and low power electrical receivers, available at that time (radio, TV, refrigerator). Therefore, when purchasing electrical appliances in addition to the initial equipment, it is mandatory to check the installations to determine if they can safely take over the additional consumption,” say the Delgaz Grid specialists.

Delgaz Grid, the distribution company within the German E.ON Group, operates a natural gas network of over 23,000 km in 20 counties in the North and West of Romania and an electricity network of almost 81,900 km in six counties in Moldova. Since entering the local market in 2005, E.ON has invested about 1.7 billion euros mainly in the modernization of gas and electricity networks and transferred to the state taxes and fees of 2.3 billion euros.

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