Fire is probably the last thing you want welcoming itself into your home uninvited. Unfortunately, electrical fires are more common than you’d hope, especially considering these fires are almost always completely preventable. To help minimize the risk of an electrical fire happening in your home, we’ve compiled these safety tips so you can live without fear of a potential spark.
Eliminating Electrical Fire Hazards in Your Home
- Replace any frayed, damaged, or loose electrical cords and wiring immediately. If you ever hear popping or sizzling sounds around your outlets or in your walls, or notice your light switches are hot to the touch, or see a spark or flicker, immediately unplug what you have plugged in, turn off the lights in the room, and call a professional.
- Don’t run extension cords across doorways or under carpet where they can be easily worn down and damaged. In fact, we suggest you have new outlets professionally installed where you need them rather than use extension cords in your home at all.
- Install tamper-resistant receptacles to keep small children safe.
- Do not overexert your outlets by plugging in too many things. Try not to plug more than one high-wattage appliance into and outlet at a time.
- Don’t allow your lamps to over heat, be sure to place them on level surfaces so they can’t fall, keep them away from other materials that could catch fire, and only use light bulbs with the wattage specified by the lamp’s manufacturer.
- Verify that your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) to protect electrical outlets and your home as a whole.
- Don’t use any appliance that doesn’t plug securely into an outlet. If the plug is loose or has three prongs while your outlet only has 2, just step away from the outlet.
- Much like light bulbs have wattages, fuses have ratings. Be sure that your fuse ratings match the rating needed by circuits they’re protecting.
- If you have a “problem appliance” (one prone to blown fuses, shocks, or tripping your circuit breaker), have it inspected and repaired immediately. If the appliace is inspected and found to be in proper working order, have your technician check for cracks or damage in wiring and connectors.
- As technology advances, so should you. The more you have plugged in, the more often you should check to make sure your home can handle the electrical load; if it can’t, it’s time to upgrade your electrical systems.
While you’re checking around your home for these safety hazards, you many want to check on a few other things, too. Click the banner below to download our spring maintenance checklist so you can make sure everything is in proper working order as we head into warmer weather. If you find anything wrong with your plumbing, HVAC, electrical units, or drains, give us a call at (864) 661-2811 or schedule service online today — our professionals are standing by to keep you, your family, and your home safe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!