Our electronics rarely fail and explode. But when they do, they explode extremely badly, often fatally. The TV explosion case in Ghaziabad, which killed a 16-year-old boy and injured others, is a stark reminder of how important it is to take care of electrical appliances, as even if they show no symptoms, they can be deadly.

As a result of an explosion of a wall-mounted LCD TV, a 16-year-old boy died and two others were injured. Image: News18

Electrical appliances exploding without warning is not news. It stands out, though, because TVs usually rarely explode. This, however, does not mean that they cannot explode. Anything that runs on electricity, has capacitors, and gives off heat can explode, sometimes fatally.

We’ll look at some common electrical appliances and household items that can explode without warning.

Electric cars
Electric cars should be at the top of this list. ​​​​​​While we are excited about electric vehicles like e-scooters and battery powered cars, we have to keep in mind the fact that the battery management system in most electric vehicles has not been designed to suit India’s temperature and humidity. since most of them developed on the basis of international designs.

From TVs to smartphones_ These daily necessities can be very fatal if they explode

When they go wrong, and they really do go wrong, they can be very fatal. There are many cases where people have died as a result of spontaneous combustion of electric scooters.

Old refrigerators and air conditioners
Older refrigerators had a tendency to explode. In fact, a lot of heat was released by the compressors used in the refrigerators to cool everything. In addition, most capacitors use gases that can be flammable, especially at high temperatures and pressures. The same goes for old air conditioners. That’s why regular maintenance and inspections of your older refrigerators and air conditioners are important.

Smartphone batteries have come a long way, especially in terms of timing capacity and charging time. Unfortunately, this led to a scenario where the health of the battery took a turn for the worse. There have been many cases of smartphone batteries exploding during charging, regular use, or simply when they were doing absolutely nothing.

From TVs to smartphones_ These daily necessities can be very fatal if they explode

Given the close proximity in which we keep our smartphones, it makes sense to monitor the health of the battery and take proper care when charging the device.

As a general rule, TVs, especially newer LED TVs, don’t usually explode. That being said, there are some caveats when the TVs explode since they use very powerful capacitors. Televisions can explode if they have been poorly repaired, used a faulty capacitor, been used for long periods of time without proper cooling, and been exposed to extreme voltage fluctuations.

Geysers have become quite safe, but gas water heaters and some electric geysers do have a tendency to explode. As always, if they have been poorly repaired or have a serious manufacturing defect, the chance of an explosion increases significantly. Geysers, when turned on and without water, are like pressure cookers. Therefore, you should only turn on the geysers when water is connected to them and you should also have them regularly inspected and serviced by a proper and qualified professional.

Microwave ovens
Microwave ovens use a very powerful heating element. They are generally safe to use. However, people are often not very careful when using microwave ovens. Putting some materials in the microwave is very dangerous, everyone knows that. And yet, people often absent-mindedly use metal containers for heating food in the microwave oven.

Batteries for laptops
Finally, there are laptop batteries. Laptop batteries have a large capacity, especially when compared to cell phone batteries, although their mAh rating might make you think otherwise. Laptops usually have excellent battery management systems, but when they fail, they can fail very seriously.