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Substandard cables are likely to cause fire-related accidents, said The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia vice president Stan Lim.
“There is a huge price difference between high quality cables and those of poor quality, so owners should first check the quotation to see if the price is too good to be true.
“During renovations, for example, they should check the wiring material themselves and make sure they are approved by Sirim,” he said when contacted.
Sirim is a national organisation that determines standards and quality of products.
Lim explained that common conductors for electrical cables consisted of copper and aluminium, but substandard wires contained other metals.
Because of that, electrical conductivity through substandard cables would be poor, eventually leading to overheating and fire.
“Substandard cables do not go through stringent checks like the quality ones.
“They are not designed, constructed, test-approved, installed or used in accordance with the right standards and specification,” he said.
Lim also urged consumers to only engage contractors who were certified by the Energy Commission or a government authority, as there were unscrupulous contractors looking to make quick money.
“Industry players need to uphold ethical practices, and ensure that they only use certified products for their clients.
“Homeowners should also be vigilant, as wrongly executed wiring or extension can cause overload and heating, which could start a fire,” he said.
The Star highlighted recently on the need to avoid using substandard cables, which, according to Lim, were already flooding the market.
At the time, Lim advised houseowners to also test the residual circuit breaker every month.
“Open up the board, look for the button with the “T” and test it every month by pressing the button.
“If it causes the electricity to trip, then it is working. Then, push it back. If it is not working, it will need to be replaced,” he said.
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