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Tips to Prevent Electrical Fires

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The Electrical Safety Foundation International lists electrical fires as the third leading cause of fires that happen at home, with around 28,000 incidents happening each year in the United States alone. With the amount of destruction that home fires cause, it’s always important to be vigilant and follow good safety practices to prevent it.

Below are some of the helpful tips you can follow to prevent electrical fires from happening inside your home.

1. Keep Appliances Away from Combustible Materials

Appliances and devices that generate a lot of heat, like a space heater or even your desktop computer, need sufficient room to cool down. So there’s a legitimate risk of an accidental fire from starting if they’re kept near stacks of paper or clothing that can combust when there’s an unchecked build-up of heat. It’s best to keep these appliances spaced out to avoid this kind of situation from happening.

2. Replace Your Home’s Old Wiring

The smell of burnt wiring, breakers flipping for no reason, or flickering lights should be an indicator that your home’s wiring might already be outdated. In this case, you might need to call an electrician to take a look at your wiring system and get it replaced. Ideally, you should have your home wiring checked every five years. Houses and other structures that are over twenty years old are also likely to have this problem.

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3. Don’t Overload Your Extension Cords and Sockets

Some people carelessly plug in as many devices and appliances as they can into a single extension cord in an effort to save space. While this does the intended job, an overloaded extension cord has a high risk of sparking an electrical fire. It’s still safer to plug your devices directly into the wall socket since they can account for the power load in any given room. However, if this isn’t possible, you might want to consider getting an electrician to install additional sockets in your home.

4. Use only Seal Approved and Tested Appliances and Electronic Devices

Accredited consumer testing organizations ensure that appliances and other electronic devices comply with the required safety standards that are mandated by the government. This is why it’s important to buy products that have the official seal of approval from these groups. While you may think that you’re saving money by buying unaccredited devices, you might end up spending more if these products damage your home’s electrical system or start a fire.

Accidents caused by an electrical fire can easily be addressed with the right amount of due diligence. By following these simple tips, you can easily save your home from being destroyed by such an unfortunate disaster.

If your home in the Greater Chicagoland area has been ravaged by fire damage, Romexterra Construction is here to help. We specialize in fire damage, water damage and storm damage restoration. To learn more about our various restoration services, contact us at 312-313-2426.