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Report: NFPA's "Non-Fire Electrical Wiring and Equipment Problem Incidents Reported to Fire Departments"
Author: Jennifer D. Flynn
Issued: August 2007 

A summary of non-fire electrical wiring and equipment problem incidents reported in 2005, by month, by time of day and by type of occupancy.


In 2005, municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 339,000 electrical wiring or equipment problem incidents, excluding rescues and incidents where nothing was found or fire was present. A monthly breakdown of the incidents shows that July is the peak month. The peak time of day for these incidents is in the late afternoon and early evening. Thirty-five percent of non-fire electrical wiring or equipment problems occurred in the home and 33% occurred on highways, streets, or in parking areas.