5 Ways To Prevent Electrical Fires at Home

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Prevent Electrical Fires at Home

From the corners of rooms to the kitchen cabinets, electricity is everywhere in a house. Therefore, the potential for harm is high. While some homeowners may feel overwrought by the intricacies of electricity, preventing electrical fires doesn’t have to be difficult. By being diligent and educated, knowing how to prevent electrical fires will become second nature.

Making sure your electrical outlets are safe

Worn-out or faulty outlets are one of the most common causes for electrical fires in the home. Inspecting these electrical sources in your home for damage or deterioration helps to reduce the risk of electrical fires.

When conducting these inspections, be on the lookout for worn or frayed cables, overloaded power sockets or power boards. Secondly, note the location of the electrical cords, if they are near sources of heat and water, try moving them away from these areas to avoid any accidental harm.

Another thing to look for when inspecting electrical outlets is the presence of any exposed wires or gaps between the electrical outlet and the wall it is installed in. Safe and code compliant outlets should be well fastened and free from cracks or holes to prevent electrical wiring becoming exposed and then potentially causing a fire.

If outlets are well maintained and regularly checked for damage or deterioration, homeowners can catch the damage before it escalates into an electrical fire.

5 common hazardous electrics that can cause fires

While some electrical fires occur due to issues in the wiring of the house or even appliance failure, many occur as the result of common mistakes that homeowners make in their day to day living.

1. Faulty outlets and appliances

Most electrical fires can be accredited to faulty outlets and old appliances. While some homeowners may love their vintage toasters or kettles, the old cords are a hazard when it comes to electrical fires. Using appliances with worn or frayed cords can send heat into combustible surfaces like floors, or curtains and start a fire.

2. Light fixtures

Installing a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for the light fixture is another leading cause of electrical fire. Always comply with the recommended bulb wattage and avoid placing any material over the light bulbs or lamp shade as the material quickly heats up and ignites.

3. Portable heaters

The nature of a portable heater means there is potential for them to be moved within close proximity of a combustible object. The coil space heaters are the most dangerous variety as the coils become so hot that they will quickly ignite nearby flammable sources. If you’re going to use a portable heater, try the radiator type which diffuses heat over the entire surface of the heater, meaning it is less likely to overheat and ignite.

4. Overloaded circuits

Plugging too many appliances into one powerpoint or a single power board can not only cause a short circuit, but also an electrical fire. By plugging too many appliances into one source of power it exceeds the level of amperage that is recommended, potentially causing damage.

5. Charging appliances

There are other brands to charge phones and tablets than the distributor, however it is recommended to get both the appliance and the charger from the same company. As the distributor, the company can certify that their charging device has the required voltage to charge the item effectively and safely. Experts also warn against over-charging as it can cause overheating and potentially an electrical fire.

3 questions to ask your electrician to prevent electrical fires

1. Is the wiring in my home safe?

In older homes, the complete wiring system may not have been inspected in a while and could be showing signs of deterioration. Even in newer homes, there is the potential for wiring to have been damaged. By asking your electrician about the wiring in your home, they will be able to review and recommend solutions that will prevent electrical fires.

2. What poses a danger to electrical safety in my home?

When a master electrician conducts an audit of your home, they can identify if there are any outlets or devices that pose a risk to your home’s electrical integrity and provide viable options for resolving electrical issues. When checking a common hazard like the fuse box, electricians will be able to indicate whether the fuse box can handle the high voltage appliances that are in the house, or if the box is at risk of overheating and thus sparking a fire.

3. Are there any changes I should make?

Electricians will be able to point out the potential dangers wires, appliances and power outlets present in your home. By asking for their opinion, they can advise you of tips and tricks such as limiting the use of power boards or not running electrical wires under rugs, that will go a long way to making the house safe from electrical fires.

Speak to Platinum Electricians for a free consultation

Understanding, looking out for the common hazards and asking for help from a master electrician are key factors to preventing electrical fires in your home. With great pricing, a promise to leave your home better than they found it and a free electrical safety check valued at $120, Platinum Electricians are here to help with all your fire prevention and electrical maintenance needs. Get in touch with one of our local residential electricians today.