Electrical Fire Safety
Electrical fires can cause much more harm than other types of fires.
Because our electrical systems run through our walls, this gives an easy passageway for the fire to travel to nearly any room in the house. On top of this, electrical fires can both burn and electrocute. There are a few precautions that you can take to ensure that the chance of an electrical fire breaking out in your home is almost nil.
Only You Can Prevent Electrical Fires
- Don’t overload electrical sockets. Just because you can jerry-rig six extension cords with twelve plugs into one socket doesn’t mean that you should.
- Check your cables, wires, and sockets. Look for fraying or scorching, since these could be a sign that something needs to be replaced.
- Clean appliances are safe appliances. Keeping electrical appliances clean and in good working order will help to avoid unnecessary fire hazards.
- Never store combustible materials close to your service head, electricity meter, or fusebox. That means clothing, papers, and cleaning supplies should all be stocked elsewhere.
The Right Equipment
Above and beyond day to day storage and checks, there are some more technical solutions that will supplement what you are already doing. For example, devices like residual current devices or arc-fault circuit interrupters can help stop an electrical fire before it happens. Having a registered electrician inspect your home’s electrical installation every five years will also help you avoid the dangers you haven’t noticed or correct any concerns you have.
In Case of Fire
If you ever find yourself in an electrical fire, do not use water to put it out. Pull the plug out or switch the power off only if it is safe to do so. Then get out and call 911 immediately.
While electrical fires are incredibly dangerous, they are often easily avoided in the first place. If you don’t remember the last time you had an electrical inspection in your home, give us a call today!