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In a rather rare incident, a 16-year-old boy was killed and two others injured on Tuesday when a television set exploded at their home in Ghaziabad.

According to the news agency PTI, Omendra boy was at his friend’s house in Harsh Vihar Colony when the incident happened. He watched the series with his friend Koran. Karan’s mother was also working in the same room when the explosion occurred.

The three were taken to GTB Hospital in Delhi for treatment after the blast, where doctors declared Omendra dead. Karan and his mother are undergoing treatment.

Swatantra Kumar Singh, Circle Officer (Sahibabad), was quoted as saying Hindustan Times that fire officials also inspected the home shortly after the incident and said there were no other flammable items in the home that could have caused the explosion. “The television was the only piece of equipment in the house that exploded.”

Sunil Kumar Singh, Chief Fire Officer, added that the impact left the entire room where the TV was stored with cracks and damage.

The incident is really shocking, because it is not so often that you hear about a TV exploding. The death of the teenager raises the question of whether the TV safe and what causes these devices to explode.

Here’s what we know about exploding TVs.

Can TVs really explode?

Experts note that one of the reasons for the explosion of the TV could be an old or faulty capacitor.

For those who don’t know, TV capacitors store electrical charge. Their main purpose is to provide the main board of the TV with the necessary amount of energy. They also help reduce the noise of the TV’s visuals and reduce the hum in the audio by dampening the sudden movements of the current inside the TV.

The probability that the capacitor will actually explode is very low. For the capacitor to actually explode, it has to be very low or the capacitor has to be very old. Moreover, if and when it detonates, the capacitors don’t cause a huge explosion like it did with the teenager. The explosion isn’t really sharp; it’s a louder crack followed by smoke coming from the TV.

Another reason that could have caused the explosion could have been a voltage spike or a sudden increase in voltage. A faulty power line or faulty wiring can cause a voltage spike. Most manufacturers add many components to the device so that it can withstand a sudden voltage spike. However, there is a rare chance that these components will fail, resulting in an explosion.

Overheating of the TV could also cause the TV to explode. An electrical device overheats if it is used for a long time. The TV can also overheat if multiple external devices are also connected to it.

Experts note that an explosion from overheating is similar to a faulty capacitor.

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How not to let the TV explode

To prevent your TV from exploding, turn it off and unplug it when it’s not in use. This is done so that the TV cools down. And avoid overheating.

Also, use high-quality power strips to protect your TV from power surges.

Another way to protect your TV is to enable its energy-saving features. Most smart TVs have these features and must be activated to prevent the device from overheating.

Modern smart TVs also have more ports than we can count. However, to keep your TV safe, try to limit the number of external devices you connect to your TV.

Finally, make sure the TV is in an environment where you can control the temperature. Adequate ventilation of the device should always be ensured. Therefore, try to arrange the furniture so that there is more than enough space around the TV.

However, you have to keep in mind that TVs don’t usually explode. This incident is the rarest of the rare, but serves as a reminder that TVs are electronic devices and like most other devices like smartphones, refrigerators, headphones, they too can explode.

With the help of agencies

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