Every year, electrical product malfunctions are associated with injuries and fires in the home. If you want to keep your home and family safe and avoid booking emergency electrical repair services, follow the next few tips which our team has listed in this post:
- Use bulbs of the correct wattage in lamps and ceiling fixtures.
- Get any cracked, frayed or damaged cords replaced immediately after you see them.
- If you notice that some of the outlets or switches in your home are usually warm, this may be a warning sign that there is an unsafe wiring which needs inspection.
- Avoid overloading outlets to minimize overheating. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.
- Unattended, plugged-in appliances may pose an unnecessary fire hazard.
- Ensure that your fuses are the right size for the circuit to avoid overheated wiring.
- Periodically turn circuit breakers off and on to make sure that they are working properly.
Here are some shocking statistics to prove you that you really need to do all of these things to keep your home protected from electrical hazards:
- US fire departments responded to an estimated 46, 935 home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction each year from 2010 to 2013.
- About 49% of domestic electrical failure fires in the US involved lighting equipment or electrical distribution between 2010 and 2013. About 47% involved fans, washers or dryers, or small portable electrical space heaters.