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The Main Causes of Home Electrical Fires

Main Causes of Home Electrical Fires

Did you know that home electrical fires are one of the leading causes of fire-related deaths in the United States? In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, home electrical fires cause more than $1.5 billion in property damage every year.

There are several things that you can do to help prevent these types of fires from happening in your home. This blog will discuss some of the leading causes of home electrical fires and what homeowners can do to prevent them.

Electrical Safety Basics

Often, electrical fires are preventable with a few simple safety tips. Here are some basics to keep in mind:

  • Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition, with no frays or tears.
  • Do not overload outlets - only plug in what is recommended.
  • Never plug in more than one high wattage appliance into an outlet.
  • Make sure all light fixtures are in good condition and have working bulbs.
  • Keep flammable materials like paper, curtains, and rugs away from heat sources, like lamps or stoves.
  • If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, it's a sign that it keeps overloading and may need a repair or replacement.

Equipment Upgrades

Outdated outlets, old appliances, and old circuit breakers are potential fire hazards. Upgrading to newer, more energy-efficient equipment can help prevent electrical fires in your home. Replacing an old outlet with a new one that has a built-in circuit breaker is a good way to start. You can also replace older appliances with newer, more energy-efficient models. These small upgrades can make a big difference in the safety of your home.

Emergency Plan

Though we can plan for potential issues, emergencies still can happen. If a fire starts in your home, time is of the essence. It is vital to have an emergency plan in place so that everyone knows what to do in case of a fire. Plan where you will meet outside your home and the exit routes you’ll use to get there.

If you can safely do so, try to put out the fire yourself using a fire extinguisher. If you can't put out the fire, get everyone out of the house and call 911. Once you are outside, stay outside and do not go back into the house. If there is a lot of smoke, get down on the ground and cover your nose and mouth with a cloth.

Safe and Efficient Electrical Service

By following some simple safety tips, you can help to prevent these types of fires from happening in your home. If you are experiencing any issues with your home's electrical system, be sure to contact the Guaranteed Service team today at (732) 412-1134 for assistance.

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