Electrical safety and fire prevention is an important topic to think about as the winter approaches. Families will spend more time in the home increasing the use of lights, heaters and appliances. It is estimated that most home fires occur in the wintertime. Here are a few facts about electrical safety and fire prevention:
The Statistics For Electrical Fires
The United States Fire Administration collects fire statistics each year. Electrical fires claim over 450 lives in America each year and account for over 2300 injuries. Home electrical problems cause 67,800 fires and over $860 million in property losses. Although electrical appliances do cause some fires, home electrical wiring causes twice as many. Most of these can be attributed to poor maintenance, electrical wiring that is installed incorrectly and overloaded circuits or extension cords.
Causes of Residential Electrical Fires
Electrical Wiring causes 1/3 of fires because of faulty electrical outlets and old electrical wiring. Other fires are caused by incorrect use of extension cords. Most of these fires can be avoided with electrical safety and fire prevention. Overloading circuits, not maintaining appliances properly and not getting necessary electrical repairs cause a majority of home fires.
Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention
- Routinely check you electrical appliances and wiring. If you see or smell smoke don’t use the outlet or appliance.
- Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace any worn or damaged appliance cords immediately.
- Use extension cords properly and don’t overload them. Don’t run extension cords under rugs.
- Keep electrical appliances away form water sources at all times. This includes wet floors.
- Don’t allow children to play around electrical appliances. Use child-proof plug covers.
- Keep clothes, curtains and other combustible items away from heaters.
- Don’t use a 3-prong plug in a 2-slot outlet.
- Call your electrician is your outlet or light switch gets hot to the touch or your lights flicker.
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and that it is rated to detect flames as well as smoldering smoke.
Rose Brothers & Son Electric is available to help with all your electric repairs and electrical wiring. We have 3 master electricians who are on site during all electrical installations and repairs. We will make sure your home is wired properly. Electrical safety and fire prevention is always a top concern.