Tragedy Strikes as Mother and Daughter Suffocate in Chennai House Fire
Chennai, India – In a devastating incident, a mother and her daughter tragically lost their lives due to suffocation caused by a refrigerator fire in their bedroom. The incident took place in Ambattur, a residential area in Chennai. The victims were found unconscious in their sleep, unable to escape the deadly fumes.
Investigations are currently underway to determine the exact cause of the fire, but preliminary reports indicate that an improperly maintained refrigerator may be to blame. It is important to note that accidents like these are more likely to occur if electrical appliances, such as immersion rods and refrigerators, are not properly maintained.
To prevent such unfortunate incidents, authorities have shared several security and power-saving methods that households should follow. Regular maintenance of electrical appliances is crucial, with experts recommending servicing at least once every four months. Additionally, the use of transformers (stabilizers) is advised to regulate voltage fluctuations and protect appliances from damage. Furthermore, it is essential to avoid operating appliances during power failures and ensure electrical distribution boxes have the recommended wire gauge.
In regards to air conditioning units, households are advised to follow specific guidelines to ensure safety and efficiency. AC units should not be set below 24 degrees Celsius to prevent overworking and potential accidents. It is also recommended to switch off the AC circuit breaker during power outages and not immediately turn the unit on after power is restored.
Experts stress the importance of timely replacement of AC units, advocating against purchasing old or second-hand units. Avoiding continuous operation and regularly cleaning AC purifiers (filters) are also essential for maintaining air quality and preventing health issues.
While using AC units offers several advantages, including air cleanliness and prevention of moisture in the air, overuse can lead to adverse effects. Excessive use of AC units can cause a drop in body temperature, damage to the endocrine glands (thyroid, sugar), and result in dry skin. Unmaintained AC units may also contribute to breathing problems, physical fatigue, cognitive inactivity, and even lead to dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye syndrome, a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears, can be exacerbated by spending excessive time in air-conditioned rooms. Experts recommend reducing AC usage, keeping the temperature above 24 degrees Celsius, and ensuring a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep to prevent such eye-related issues.
This tragic incident serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of regularly maintaining electrical appliances and following proper safety measures. Awareness and adherence to these guidelines can help prevent similar accidents and protect lives.