How to Prevent Electrical Fires

A white outlet with a black plug plugged in but on fire

A house fire seems like an unthinkable tragedy that puts your home, family, and self in danger. While we hope an electrical fire never affects your home, business, or property, there are some precautions that you can take to help prevent an electrical fire from striking. This blog will cover some facts about electrical fires, tips on preventing them, and how we can help.

Electrical Fire Facts

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi), electrical systems are the third leading cause of home fires. On average electrical fires lead to more than 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and over $1.3 billion in property damage a year. Most of the deaths on record for home electrical fires are due to having no working smoke detectors on the premises. One of the leading causes of electrical fires is an arcing fault, meaning a high electrical discharge power between two conductors. An arcing fault creates heat that can wear down insulation on electrical wires, leading to a fire.

Tips To Preventing Electrical Fires

A great way to ensure your home or property will be safe from an electrical fire is to prepare and place preventative measures in place. Some great tips include:

  • Ensuring the smoke detectors, you have installed are running properly. Most manufacturers recommend testing your smoke alarms once a month.

 
  • Have your electrical system regularly inspected to stop any problems before they become too dangerous.

 
  • Clean out the lint trap in your dryer thoroughly to help prevent dryer fires.

 
  • Don’t overload any power strips, too much energy could cause sparking and overheating.

 
  • If you notice something odd with your electricity, like buzzing sounds or flickering lights, it’s important to contact an electrician.

 
  • Use extension cords sparingly and temporarily.

Even with all of these tips to prevent a fire in your home, it’s important to still make an evacuation plan in case of an emergency. This can help keep you and your family safe and calm in the face of a fire.

How We Can Help

Our team of talented technicians knows that your home’s electrical system is one of the most important units of your home or business. We know how vital it is to have a well-running system to ensure you can live comfortably. We also know the dangers an electrical system can cause if you’re not trained properly. To ensure your system is running efficiently, properly, and safely it’s important to contact a professional.

For all of your electricity needs and questions, contact Positricity at (727) 382-3793! Full-service electrical contractors, you can count on - Positively Electric!