According to U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) statistics, there are more than 25,000 electrical fires in the U.S. annually, and they cause injury or death to a minimum of 1,300 people every year. In fact, home electrical fires cause more property losses than other types of fires. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent them.
Get an Electrical Inspection
Older homes, especially those more than 100 years old, should have their electrical wiring inspected by an experienced electrician for potential hazards. Outdated types of wires, such as aluminum wiring, are more vulnerable to fires than copper wiring and should be replaced.
Eliminate Faulty Electrical Wires and Cords
Many electrical fires are caused by faulty wiring. If your electrician locates wires that are worn out or frayed, they should be replaced. Look out for electrical cords of appliances and other devices that are in bad shape because they are prone to overheating, which may result in sparking and a fire.
Move Flammable Material or Wires
Common flammable materials in the house, like blankets or clothing, should not be placed near electrical devices such as space heaters, irons, hair dryers, and lamps. Doing so results in one of the most common causes of fires. Concealing electrical wires beneath carpeting can also be especially dangerous.
Don’t Overload Outlets
Another typical cause of home electrical fires is overloading, which occurs when too many devices and/or appliances are plugged into the same outlet, power strip, or extension cord. For safety, make sure to purchase power strips that feature internal overload protection, which shuts off electricity automatically, preventing a possible electrical fire.
Spot Various Electrical Issues
Lamps flickering, outlets sparking or buzzing, and breakers constantly tripping are all symptoms of faulty wiring that may cause an electrical fire. Fuse boxes and extension cords that feel hot also indicate overloading from too much electrical current, which is a hazard that may cause a fire.
Electrical Services You Can Trust
Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:
- Standby Generator Installation
- Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
- Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
- Structured Cabling
- Circuit Breaker Replacement
Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.