Rarely do our electronics fail and explode. But when they do, they explode in a spectacularly lousy manner, often proving to be fatal. The exploding television in Ghaziabad, which claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy and injured others, is a stark reminder of just how important it is to take care of electrical appliances; even when they show no symptoms, they can prove to be fatal.

Electrical appliances exploding without warning is nothing new. However, this stands out because usually, TVs rarely flash. That, however, doesn’t mean that they can’t explode. Anything that runs on electricity has capacitors and generates heat; it can explode, sometimes fatally.

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

EVs have to take the top spot in this list. As bullish as we are about EVs like e-scooters and battery-powered cars, we have to remember that the battery management system in most EVs has not been designed according to India’s heat and humidity since most of these are developed based on international designs.

When they go wrong and do indeed go wrong, they can be fatal—numerous cases of people losing their lives to e-scooters catching on fire spontaneously.

Old refrigerators & air conditioners
Old refrigerators tended to explode—the compressors used in the refrigerators to cool everything generated a lot of heat. Plus, most condensers use gases that can be highly flammable, especially at high temperatures and pressure. The same goes for old air conditioners. That is why regular maintenance and check-ups of your old refrigerators and air conditioners are essential.

Smartphone batteries have developed a lot, especially in capacity and charging times. Unfortunately, this has led to a scenario where battery health has gone for a toss. There have been numerous cases of smartphone batteries exploding while being charged, used regularly, or doing nothing.

Given the proximity in which we keep our smartphones, it only makes sense to keep an eye on the battery’s health and take proper care while charging your device.

Usually, televisions, especially the new LED ones, don’t explode. That said, TVs flare in some conditions since they use very powerful capacitors. Televisions can explode if they have been shoddily repaired, are using a faulty capacitor, are being used for extended periods without proper cooling, and are during extreme voltage fluctuations.

Geysers have become pretty safe, but gas-based water heaters and some electric geysers do tend to explode. As always, if they have been shoddily repaired, or have some severe manufacturing fault, the chances of an explosion grows substantially. Geysers, when they are switched on and do not have any water in them, are just like pressure cookers. Hence, you should switch on geysers only when they have an active water connection running to them, and you should also get them checked out and regularly serviced by a proper and qualified technician.

Microwaves ovens
Microwave ovens use a powerful heating element. Usually, they are safe to use. However, people often are not very careful with using microwaves. Everyone knows that it is hazardous to put certain materials in a microwave. And yet, people often absent-mindedly use metal containers to heat the food inside microwaves.

Laptop batteries
Finally, there are laptop batteries. Laptop batteries have larger capacities, especially when compared to cellphone batteries. However, their mAh ratings may make you think otherwise. Laptops usually have great battery management systems, but when they fail, they can fail spectacularly.

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