Fire Prevention Month is recognized in the United States during the week of October 9th each year. This is to mark the Great Chicago fire that killed hundreds of people, left thousands homeless, and damaged thousands of structures.
Thankfully modern technology prevents such widespread devastation, but one the loss of a single life or home due to fire is one many. As your hometown electrical contractor, we want to work with you on exciting projects, like upgrading your outdoors. Rebuilding after loss is not a task we look forward to.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical malfunctions are responsible for nearly 34,000 housefires each year. New and old homes alike are at risk for electrical fires and steps must be taken to prevent them.
Do DIY right
Even folks who know to leave electrical wiring to professionals can make mistakes with basic projects. Be sure to take care during home renovations to keep hidden electrical wires safe. A puncture to the wire is not enough to cause noticeable damage, prompting you to fix the issue. It will, however, create a lot of heat that can start a fire.
Take care with cords.
We are happy to safely add extra outlets in your home, so please don’t overload them with extension cords. When a power strip is necessary, use a grounded surge protector. Better yet, have Ground Fault Circut Interruptor outlets installed. This is especially important in high-risk areas near water and moisture. Keep an eye on cords as well, making sure they are not covered or pinched.
Laptops and electronics can create heat as they charge, so keep them on hard surfaces. Keep soft, combustible items, like clothing and draperies, away from heat sources like lamps. Also consider the possibility of them falling into a heat source. Keep floors clear and don’t allow clutter around outlets.
Don’t overlook these electrical fire warning signs
- A sizzling or buzzing sound
- Burning smells, obviously, but also acidic chemical smells
- Lights that dim or flicker
- Breakers that regularly trip or bulbs that regularly blow
- Heat: On outlets, switches, or appliances
We look forward to working with you on your next exciting electrical project, or just to offer peace of mind with an inspection. Contact us today.