1. #1
    Terry J. Fowler
    Firehouse.com Guest

    Question Fautly Electrical Outlets

    Over the past few years, our Fire Investigation Team has saw an increase in residential fires which have been directly
    connected to the failure of a specific type (not brand) of electrical outlet. These are
    sometimes referred to as "E-Z Wire" receptacles. For anyone who may not be familiar with this term, these outlets offer
    the option of inserting the stripped end of the service wire into a small opening on the
    back of the outlet, as opposed to the traditional method of wrapping the wires around the side terminal screw.

    I am aware of the criteria which must exist
    before resistance heating can take place at
    an electrical connection and pose a risk of
    fire. What I would like to know is if any
    other Fire Investigators have seen this same
    problem on a repeated basis.

    I have contacted the Consumer Product Safety
    Commission in Washington, D.C., and they are
    currently in the process of reviewing the information which I've submitted. If you
    have any information which may support or
    refute these findings, please contact me.

    Thank you for your time.

    Lt. Terry J. Fowler
    O.C.T. Director
    Siloam Springs Fire Department

  2. #2
    George Wendt, CFI
    Firehouse.com Guest


    Terry, very often the manner of installation is just as much at fault. When making an evaluation, check to make sure that the wire has been stripped back far enough and that the right size wire is being used. Are you seeing a common denominator as far as an electrician is concerned? Are these outlets being used with the old aluminum wiring? We see a lot of fires with these outlets. As far as I am concerned, they are like having a time bomb in the house.


  3. #3
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    George hit it right on the head!
    Instead of looking at the manufacturer find out;
    1)who did the install.
    2)what the outlet was being used for.
    3)did the install meet code?
    Once those questions are answered then go after the question as to weather or not the product is safe.

    By the way are the outlets UL rated?

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