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Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention

electrical safety and fire preventionElectrical 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.

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Common Electrical Repairs in Winter

electrical repairs in winterThe winter months can create extra problems for your electrical system. If you find yourself needing electrical repairs in winter, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. They are a locally owned, family run business who services Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are some of the problems your may experience as the temperatures drop.

Overloaded Circuits

People often overload their circuits in the wintertime. Using portable electric heaters can often cause a problem because they use more electricity. You will notice if your circuit is overloaded that your circuit breaker will trip more often. If you are having this problem and can’t find an outlet in the room to hold the load, you can call an electrician who can help you add another circuit or upgrade your system to handle the electricity you need. Don’t forget portable heaters can be dangerous, so use precaution to avoid a house fire.

Wet Electrical Connections

Another repair that tops the electrical repairs in winter list is wet electrical connections. Water and electricity don’t mix. You will find in areas that commonly have water near them, that you have GFCI outlets to protect you and your electrical system. They are usually located outside and in the kitchen and bath areas. If your electrical system or outlets get wet, they can short out your electrical system and create the need for an electrician.

Electrical Repairs in Winter

Don’t play around when it comes to solving your electrical problems. Be safe. If you’re experiencing problems with your electrical system, call a professional electrician to figure out the cause, fix the problem and educate you about your house and how the electrical system works. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have 3 vans loaded with electrical supplies and tools so that they are prepared to handle your winter electrical repairs. They also send out master electricians who know how to handle the situations they come across. For excellent service and dependability, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your electrical needs.

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