Home Electrical Fires
Home electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. In 2014, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that there were nearly 24,000 residential electrical fires. Someone died in 11% of those fires. Sadly, many of these tragedies could have been avoided with some forethought to minimize risks around the home.
5 Most Common Causes
When working to reduce fire risks, it’s critical to understand the 5 most common causes of electrical fires.
- Faulty Receptacles and appliances
Many electrical fires are caused by old or outdated appliances. The fire can start on the cord or inside the appliance. Never use an appliance with a broken cord or a loose receptacle.
- Light Fixtures
Installing a bulb with a wattage that’s too high for the lamp is one of the top causes of electrical fires. Always check the rating of the lamp and never put combustible materials over a lampshade.
- Extension Cords
Running an extension cord under a rug is a major cause of cord failure. Never use an extension cord as a permanent solution. If you need an outlet added, hire an electrician to locate one where you need it.
- Space Heaters
The portability of these little heaters makes them a prime culprit in many house fires. Never use one near combustible materials like curtains or bedding. Plug in to an easily added, dedicated electrical circuit for your space heaters.
Old wiring is often the cause of an electrical fire. As we add electrical devices to our homes, the total amount of power needed can exceed the original capacity of the house. A new service panel, with a higher amp rating allows for additional loads like big screen TVs, air conditioners, and serious Christmas decorations.
Let’s keep this time of year joyous by preventing house electrical fires. At HelioPower, we provide 'on the spot' services including electrical trouble shooting and repair. If you need a new circuit or a whole new service panel, we provide all the assurance you need to keep your home safe and secure for many years to come.
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