What causes a refrigerator fire

What is the fire hazard of a refrigerator?

Possible causes of fire in the refrigerator

In principle, the risk of fire in a refrigerator is comparatively low. Only the following causes can lead to fires:

  • Heat build-up
  • Objects that have fallen into the rear area and ignite
  • Short circuits (as with all electrical devices)
  • Overload of the refrigerator

Heat build-up

The back of the refrigerator releases the heat that was extracted from the refrigerated goods back into the outside air. Sufficient ventilation must therefore be ensured in this area so that the heat can dissipate and not build up.

Inflammable objects

If flammable objects fall behind the refrigerator, there is a risk that these objects could ignite due to the permanently high temperatures that are emitted. In rare cases, objects falling behind the refrigerator can also cause short circuits.

Short circuits

Short circuits occur very often in the area of ​​interior lighting in refrigerators. This can also cause a fire. Short circuits in the rear area, on the other hand, are less common. But they can also occur.

Overload of the refrigerator

In some rare cases and with older devices, overloading the compressor can also lead to a fire if the refrigerator is completely iced up. Regular defrosting of the refrigerator (at least twice a year) should be part of the standard maintenance work anyway.

Attempts to insulate the refrigerator and thus make it more energy efficient also pose a particular risk. The use of unsuitable materials, such as styrofoam, can not only cause heat to build up, but also act as a real fire accelerator. Styrofoam melts at a certain temperature and becomes liquid at higher temperatures and thus immediately sets other areas on fire.

Author: Johanna Bauer Home »Living» Kitchen »Fridge