11,11 people die in India every day from catastrophic electrical incidents . 52% of these electrical incidents attributed to low voltage electrical installations .
New Delhi (India), November 24 (India): According to data from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), 11,11 people died in India every day from catastrophic electrical incidents, with 52% of these electrical incidents attributed to low voltage electrical installations, on the other hand, statistics like this highlight the tragic truth of apparent negligence in terms of electrical security.These were some of the key findings made by the experts at a technical session on Electrical Security at Residential, Commercial, and Public Buildings in New Delhi, which was organized by the International Copper Association (ICA) India in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).The topics discussed during the session ranged from the importance of standardization and periodic inspections to the importance of wires & cables and transformers in reducing the incidence of electrical incidents in buildings.The aim of the meeting was to promote electrical safety among key players in the building industry and industry stakeholders by complying with Indian Standards, Rules, and Codes, according to Ashok Kumar Rajput, Member (Power System), CEA, Ministry of Power, and Ex-Officio Additional Secretary to the Government of India.With the deterioration of buildings and their long-term success is also compromised.On construction projects, only licensed electrical contractors should be assigned.In the event of any electrical installation, BIS should inform the CEA of its findings.Priti Bhatnagar, the Director of the Electronics Division, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), said, To overcome electrical safety issues, it is necessary to follow the BIS codes and requirements, such as the National Electrical Code of India (NEC), IS 732, etc.These policies, in the future, will reduce electrical fire incidents, according to Amol C. Kalsekar, Chief Executive of the International Copper Association India (ICA India), who said that the wrong selection of wire and cables is responsible for the majority of electrical failures in the buildings. Inefficient circuit planning in residential and commercial buildings, under sizing, poor quality of wires, and a lack of routine electrical inspection are some of the major contributors to fatal electrical accidents.The Government of India has developed a variety of electrical standards, standards, and regulations to address these challenges, but the lack of agreement among the relevant parties, as well as a lack of agreement among the end users, has led us to this impending crisis.In 2018, ICA India, in association with BIS, launched the Zero Tolerance initiative.The overall aim of ICA India is to foster greater awareness among the larger population of the major weaknesses in electrical safety, as well as ways to transition to a greener world by 2047 by accelerating adoption of electrical safety regulations and requirements for a more prosperous future. ICA India trains approximately 10,000 electricians and electrical technicians each year with the assistance of its product council members, calculating the effect of using quality cables on the total construction cost of residential and commercial buildings, as well as the risks relating to safety & reliability.According to a validation study, wires & cables account for only 1.1 percent of the overall construction cost for commercial buildings, while 1.6 percent for most residential buildings.Using high quality copper cables with higher conductivity will cost an additional average cost of only 0.5% for industrial buildings and 0.6 percent for residential buildings, but it would have a significant effect on safety and reliability in the long run.The technical session attracted wide response from over 60 people, an eclectic mix of Electrical Consultants, A Grade Electrical Contractors, Developers & Builders, Electrical Engineers, Architects, representatives from the CEA, CPWD, Metro Rail Authority, Electric Supply Companies, The interactive sessions between various stakeholders established a forum for discussion on the importance of adopting a zero tolerance approach to electrical accidents. ICA India Programs are committed to improving the quality of life by ensuring better electrical safety, energy conservation, and clean energy.ICA Indias efforts have been instrumental in driving higher quality standards across a variety of products, applications, and industries by leveraging on the superior engineering quality of Copper.The author has not assumed responsibility for the content of this article.