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Surge protective device ignited causing fire damage to main panel board in a home

Incident Investigation

Surge protective device ignited causing fire damage to main panel board in a home

February 1, 2021

Electrical

Reference Number:

II-1140811-2022 (#20659)



Location: Cowichan Bay

Regulated industry sector: Electrical - Low voltage electrical system (30V to 750V)

Incident overview

A surge protective device (SPD) was installed in a home to prevent overvoltage damage that had been occurring to electrical devices. With the SPD installed, the overvoltage damages continued to occur periodically until the SPD eventually burst into flames with smoke billowing from the panel.

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