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Common Electrical Issues that Put your Home at Risk for a Fire

According to the United States Fire Administration, there are approximately 28,600 electrical fires per year. All in all, these fires cause $1.3 billion dollars lost per year, they are responsible for 1300 injuries, and 500 deaths. Electrical problems are one of the sneakiest ways for fire damage to occur. Most people never see it coming. Here are a few indicators that you may be at risk for electrical fires.

Switch or light that
doesn’t work

This is a fairly common problem where a light switch just stops working. Because it is so common and the solution is just a minor fix most people don’t take this as seriously as they should. This can be a warning signal for other more serious electrical problems that could start a fire. So if this happens just make sure to investigate it right away and ensure there aren’t more serious problems.

Worn out electrical outlets

Year after year, constant plugging and unplugging causes outlets to deteriorate. A few indicators your outlet is worn out are loose fitting plugs, warm or hot outlets, excessive sparking, and scorch marks. If you observe any of these things with your outlets, unplug any items from them right away and call an electrician to come inspect the problem. There are nearly 4000 injuries per year in the United States associated with electrical outlet problems so this is not an issue to be taken lightly.

Damaged wiring

This is one of the most common factors in electrical fires. Electrical wiring and cords naturally become damaged over years of use. However, the damage is often not visible from the outside. When wires are damaged internally it can short circuit, arc, and fire. If used for long enough this will happen to just about any wire you have so it is important to regularly check all exposed cords and wiring for damage. If you find any damage stop using that appliance or circuit right damage restoration

Electrical smell

Take action right away if you detect acrid, smoky smell. If this happens then you’re probably smelling an electrical fire or at least electrical smoke. Call 911 and get out of your home. Electrical fires can’t always be put out safely by just water. The safest bet is to use an ABC fire extinguisher. ABC means it is suitable to put out an electrical fire. The smartest thing to do, though, would be to just get the fire department involved. Firefighters will come and inspect your home to see if there really is a fire. You don’t need to wait to see the fire before you call!

As you take careful note of all these items, you and your family will be able to sleep easier knowing the odds of an electrical fire in your home are drastically lower. However, some disasters simply can’t be avoided. If disaster strikes your home, we at On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration located in the Magic Valley area are here to help you restore the damage done in your home with as much convenience to you as possible.

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