According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 25,000 electrical fires are reported every year, resulting in death or injury to over 1,300 people. In fact, electrical fires cause more damages than non-electrical fires. What’s more surprising is the fact that most of these fires could’ve been easily prevented.
Don’t be part of the statistics by taking proactive steps to prevent electrical fires, starting with knowing the most common causes.
It’s never a good idea to plug too many appliances into the same outlet, as it’s also a common cause of electrical fires. As a measure to avoid overloading, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends the use of power strips with internal overload protection. These strips would shut off once it becomes overloaded.
Most electrical fires happen due to faulty wiring and electrical outlets, or even due to old and outdated appliances. That’s why you should always watch out for frayed, tattered, or worn out wires, as these could overheat and cause sparks.
Have you noticed flickering lights, or are your breakers constantly tripping? It’s probably a sign that you’re bound to experience electrical shorts. Before it happens, check for wires, connections, extension cords, and fuse boxes that feel warm, as it often indicates an unsafe wiring connection.
Flammable Materials near Electrical Appliances
Any appliance that makes contact with flammable materials can start a fire. That’s why you should make sure that materials like blankets, towels, and rugs are away from electrical appliances. While you’re at it, make sure that there are no cables running under rugs or carpets.
Conduct an Inspection
You can never be too careful, especially when it comes to electrical fires. Perhaps it’s the time for you to hire an electrician to conduct an electrical inspection in your home to ensure that your electrical system needs rewiring. With their help, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve done everything you can to prevent electrical fires from happening inside your home.
5 Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires, Angie’s List
5 common causes of electrical fires, FireRecruit.com