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Test Intervals

In 2006, management of an educational facility in the outskirts of Melbourne were horrified to learn that one of their buildings had been destroyed by fire, having been started by a computer monitor that had caught fire.

The computer monitor had been part of a test and tag program with a 12 monthly retest interval had and caught fire only two weeks before it was due to be retested.

This highlights the fact that although computers and their monitors can often be perceived to be not open to abuse or in a hostile environment, product recalls and electrical fire incidents of this nature frequently occur all around the world – even if regularly inspected and tested.

In cases such as this, if a computer monitor can burst into flames due to internal insulation breakdown, within 12 monthly test intervals, the risk of 5 yearly intervals is questionable.