Electrical fires are all too common.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there 47,000 electrical fires in the United States every single year. These fires have resulted in $1.4 billion dollars in damage, 1,570 injuries and 418 deaths. As you can see, electrical fires are all too common, especially when you consider the fact that they are very preventable. Before we talk about how to prevent electrical fires, you need to learn about what causes them in the first place. The following is a list from our electrician of the most common causes of electrical fires:
#1. Faulty Wiring
Many older homes also have old, inadequate or damaged wiring. Unfortunately, everything will wear out eventually, and wiring is no exception. If you live in an older home, it’s important to have your electrical system inspected by an electrician.
#2. Improper Extension Cord Use
Although most people use extension cords as a permanent solution for their lack of outlets, they were designed to only be a temporary solution. You should always unplug things from your extension cords when they are not in use. If you find that you need extension cords all the time, you may want think about getting more outlets installed.
#3. Faulty Appliances
If you have old, outdated or faulty appliances, you need to get them replaced, and that is especially true if the cords are frayed or worn. Plugging in a damaged cord can send heat into the combustible surfaces in your home, such as rugs, curtains or floors.
Learn about more common causes of electrical fires when you stay tuned for our next blog.