How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

Electrical fires are fires caused by electricity or an electrical fault. Some of the most common causes of electrical fire in the home are:

  1. Faulty Outlets - Removing the grounding plug from a cord so that it can be used in a 2-prong electrical outlet is dangerous. The extra prong is in place to indicate that the plug should be used in outlets that are capable of handling extra amount of electricity.  
  2. Worn Cords and Extension Cords - Worn or frayed cords, such as those found in outdated appliances, can send heat to combustible surfaces like rugs and curtains. Misusing extension cords by plugging in multiple appliances is also dangerous.
  3. Wiring - Outdated wiring may not be able to handle the increased amount of electricity required to run today’s appliances.
  4. Light Fixtures - Installing a bulb with wattage that is too high for the lamp can cause electrical fires. The same is true when using light, flammable material as a lampshade.
  5. Space Heaters - Putting a space heater close to combustible surfaces can cause fires, too.

Preventing Electrical Fires in the Home

There are several steps you can take to prevent the occurrence of electrical fires in your Austin, TX property. It’s always best to talk with a certified electrician and have your home checked regularly. Aside from that, you can do the following:

  1. Inspect cords and electrical plugs regularly. Once you see cords or plugs that are frayed, discard them immediately. Plug the plugs in appropriate outlets. Also, replace 2-pronged outlets with 3-pronged ones if possible.
  2. Hold the plug securely when pulling it from the wall. This extends the life of the cord and prevents short circuiting, electric shocks, and fires.
  3. Refrain from running electrical cords beneath the carpet. Also, keep the plugs away from sources of water or heat and from combustible or lightweight materials.
  4. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using appliances. Unplug them when not in use and before cleaning. Also, have your defective appliances checked by a certified electrician as soon as possible.
  5. If you live in an older home, make sure that the wiring can adequately support the electrical requirements of your appliances. If not, consider having the wiring inspected and replaced.

The adage prevention is better than cure is never truer when it comes to preventing fires. Regularly inspecting your home for electric fire hazards might seem a bit tedious sometimes, but by doing so, you are securing your property and the lives of the people in it.

If you’re interested in improving your home and reducing fire hazards in your property, contact WOW Total Restoration. Our company offers restoration and construction services for residential and commercial spaces in Austin, TX. Call us today at 512-233-6964 for more information about how we can make your home and workspace better.

 

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