Faculty Advisor

Christopher, Peter R.

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


This project supports the efforts of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board in Melbourne, Victoria to investigate potential risk associated with placing high electrical demand on deteriorating residential wiring systems. Our project team analyzed electricity consumption and fire incident data, and conducted a survey and interviews which indicated the existence of an increase in electricity consumption per capita and related electrical fires from 1986 to 2009. We made recommendations to implement routine residential electrical inspections, address failing electrical distribution systems attributable to overloads and establish stronger consumer awareness of associated risk.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology