Most home fires are a result of electrical mishaps. Nearly a billion property damages and a thousand injuries and deaths are reported every year.
You might not be a victim of a fire incident, but the feeling is devastating, and you don’t want to be one. That is why it is essential to be aware of any potential that may cause an electrical fire in your home.
Here are a few electrical fire potentials you should be on the lookout for:
- Faulty and old outlets, appliances, and wiring – anything electrically faulty is a danger lying in wait. So, for your home’s safety, have them replaced or repaired as soon as possible.
- Light fixtures with a higher wattage than recommended – it’s essential to be aware of the recommended wattage amount of your bulbs and light fixtures because too high wattages do cause electrical fires
- Overuse of extension cords – using extension cords unrestrictedly is one of the major causes of electrical fires, just one bad day, and everything goes ablaze. So, if you have too many appliances, better install more electrical outlets, and let your extension cords be for temporary use.
- Space heaters – this equipment is a blessing in the cold winters. But, their portable nature is both a blessing and a curse. A curse in the sense that, when placed close to combustible materials such as clothes, beds, curtains, couches, rugs, etc., they can ignite quickly.
So, watch out for any of these mishaps. Even if you don’t notice any of them, you can watch for unusual things, such as flickering lights, breaker tripping frequently, electrical outlets getting too hot to touch, or when you notice some strange burning smell.
These signs may signify a fire lying in wait; call in an electrician as soon as possible.
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