Pune: Reiterating the need for safety standards in the electrical equipment industry in India to avoid fire hazards, Schneider Electric launched the all new Prisma iPM and IEC 61439-1&2 switchboard combination in the city on Friday.
Shrinivas Chebbi, President, Building Business, Schneider Electric, said that the new Prisma iPM system has been made in India for India and by India as safety standards and requirements differ in various countries.
Speaking on the need for safe electric systems, National President for Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI) Pankaj Dharkar said that 25,498 lives have been lost in the last one year due to fires caused by electric failures including short circuits, cable failures and others.
“Buildings are getting bigger and everyone requires air-conditioners to tackle the heat. Centralised AC’s take as much as 10 KW load and people change their meters accordingly. However, due to lack of awareness, they do not realise that a building electrical system may not be capable of taking such a load, which leads to heating up of cables and consequently fires,” he explained.
Speaking about standards, Chebbi said, “Currently, we have only 30 per cent of the buildings as compared to what we will have by 2030. 70 per cent of the buildings will be built between now and 2030. It is necessary to make it mandatory to follow standards in order to avoid disasters.”