Electrical fires are an unfortunate cause of life and property damage. By using new electrical supplies and consulting a professional electrician for any in-depth work, you can mitigate the risks electrical fires pose.
Electrical Fires by the Numbers
In 2003, electrical fires were responsible for 67,800 home fires and $868 million in property damage. By 2007, the amount of annual property damage caused by electrical fires in the United States skyrocketed to $1.2 billion. Rightfully so, fire is a homeowner’s number one concern:
Preventing Electrical Fires
Prevention is the most effective way to protect yourself from electrical fires. Most importantly, an electrician can give your electrical system the proper inspection it needs to ensure its safety and suitability.
The National Fire Protection Administration recommends calling an electrician if you have:
Additionally, always make sure you are using fresh electrical supplies. Major red flags that can signal an impending electrical fire include worn cords, warm outlets, or finicky circuits.
It’s important to realize that many electrical fires are entirely preventable. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association reports,
“While some fires are caused by faulty products, many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical equipment, incorrectly installed wiring, overloaded circuits and misapplied extension cords.”
Electrical Fires in the News
A quick glance at the news shows that despite the past century’s innovations in electrical safety, fires caused by electrical issues are not a problem of the past:
We hope these prevention and preparation tips help you secure your property and loved ones from preventable fires.