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Electrical Fires and 6 Ways To Prevent Them

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Learn how you can prevent electrical fires in your home and office location with these tips.

Electrical failures or malfunction in the electrical grid in homes contributes to 13% of the total household fires.

That’s a lot! Most places that experience electrical home fires are the attic, kitchen, laundry rooms and living rooms.

In order to avoid this, it’s important to exercise electrical safety as much as possible.

Electrical fires can also be the source for intense water damage if the fire department needs to extinguish them.

Today we will discuss 6 different ways you can prevent or minimize the risk of electrical fires in your home.

Tip #1 – Have installations inspected for Electrical Fires Prevention

Every part of your home is subject to wear, tear and aging. That rule also applies to the electrical installation.

Faulty or worn-down electrical installations can easily contribute to electrical fires.

If your home is older, it’s a good idea to check if the electrical installations are in good condition.

Hire an electrician who will inspect every inch of the electrical wiring in your house.

At the end, you will receive a report if everything is okay OR recommendations if anything needs repairs.

Tips #2 – Don’t overload the electrical outlet.

In order to get the most out of each electrical outlet, people often use extension cords or power strips.

Just because an extension cord has six outlets, doesn’t mean that you should use all six of them simultaneously.

Every electrical outlet in your wall, has a specific threshold and the amount of electricity it can carry.

When you plug in more appliances, you are running the risk of overloading the outlet.

You can prevent this by using only every second outlet on the power board and avoid filing all the outlets.

Tips #3 – Surge protectors can prevent electrical fires

To protect your appliances and prevent electrical fires, use surge protectors.

Surge protectors shield your appliances from sudden power surges.

Power surges can overload installations and outlets.

Overloaded outlets can also cause appliances to spark leading to soot and smoke damage.

Tips #4 – Check the plugs of appliances

Don’t just check electrical installations and wires; also inspect plugs on appliances for water damage.

A damaged plug doesn’t function properly and can contribute to electrical fires.

Replace damaged plugs promptly to ensure safety and security of you and your property.

Tip #5 – Prevent electrical fires by using recommended wattage in light fixtures

Check the recommended wattage for a specific lamp before installing light bulbs.

Do not exceed the recommended wattage, even if a stronger bulb seems brighter and more appealing.

Avoid using extension cords or power strips with light fixtures.

If the light flickers, investigate potential issues with the electrical switch before continuing to use the lamp.

Fix any problems before further use to avoid additional damage to the structure.

Additional damages to the structure might result in water damage or even mold growth.

Tip #6 – Correct position of portable heaters

Portable heaters use coils to provide heat and they are potential danger and risk of fire.

Always position these heaters away from flammable materials, fabrics, clothes, etc.

Moreover, never use portable heaters for drying clothes.

The moisture from the clothes can fall onto the coils and cause sparking, short circuits and fire.

This means hanging them or a clothes rack and leaving them to dry.

Follow these electrical fire safety tips, and greatly reduce the chance of an electrical fire in your home.

We have a 24/7 emergency service that’s here to help you remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

If your home has smoke damage, from an electrical fire or any other source, contact ASAP Restoration today!