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Tips for Preventing Electrical Fires

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI), residential electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. Electrical fires threaten the lives of our loved ones, and are among the most common cause of home fires. Thus, it is important that since all of us are constantly surrounded by electronics of some sort in our homes that we know how to manage this very preventable danger. Here are a several ways you can protect your valuable electronics and the invaluable members of your family from electrical fires.

  • Maintain electrical plugs, outlets, and cords: Be sure to check the electrical outlets in your home for signs of damage such as burn marks from overloads or cracking. Also be sure to check electrical cords for fraying and other kinds of damage. Finally, be sure that you do not overload electrical outlets with too many appliances.
  • Schedule regular electrical inspections: Electrical wiring wears out eventually. This is why if you live in an older home you should consider hiring a qualified electrician to inspect the wiring in your home.
  • Use a surge protector for multiple plugs: Properly used, surged protectors can prevent overloading when you need to plug several electronic devices into one outlet. Just be sure that your home has several surge protectors and that you plug no more than three cords into the power bar at one time.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with nearly all electrical devices. Going against their recommendations could not only void the warranty it may also result in injury or death.
  • Keep flammable materials away: Flammable materials such as gasoline, paint thinner, cleaning supplies, etc, may trigger fire when they are placed in close proximity to electrical appliances or outlets.electrical fires
  • Make sure there are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCs) in your outlets: These can prevent electrical fires by shutting down circuits that become overloaded. In turn, this can prevent home fires.

To summarize, by following these tips you can reduce the chance of experiencing the trauma of a home fire and protect the safety of your family. After all, electronic devices are replaceable people are not. We’ve seen the damage that can be caused by fire and know the toll it can take on families and their belongings. That is why our expert smoke repair mitigates all fire damage. House fires are one of our many specialties. So protect your home and family and monitor those electrical devices.

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