Because we use electricity so frequently, we often forget how dangerous it can be. However, many residential fires originate from an electrical source, and they are usually much more dangerous and destructive than other types of fires. The best way to protect yourself and your family from an electrical fire is scheduling a regular inspection from a licensed electrician, and following the tips below.
Use the Correct Lightbulbs
Always use lightbulbs that match the recommended wattage for the fixture or lamp they are used with. Using a lightbulb with a wattage that is too high may cause the light fixture to overheat, melting the socket and causing a fire.
Do Not Overload Outlets
As electricians with decades of experience on our hands, we have seen it all, and one thing we see quite often is the use of “power adapters” when what the home really needs is a larger or newer circuit breaker, more wires, and more outlets. If you are running an extension cord into a room because all its outlets are taken up or dead, it’s time to get the electrical upgrade you need!
Look for Warning Signs
Many of our calls are to homes which have had flickering lights or smoking outlets for a long time, which went unaddressed. While we understand that life can get hectic, electrical issues can become quite dangerous if left unchecked! If you notice flickering lights, buzzing sounds, smoky or otherwise unpleasant smells, outlet discoloration, or frayed wires, make sure to schedule an electrical inspection as soon as possible. Note, also, that circuit breakers which trip often are a sign of an electrical problem.
Practice Essential Fire Safety Habits
It’s often the little things that cause the biggest electric fires! Make sure that you and your entire family knows, and implements, the following safety tips:
- Do not leave portable space heaters unattended
- Do not leave portable space heaters on overnight
- Make sure that your smoke detectors are tested regularly
- Develop an evacuation plan, and establish a rendezvous point
- Make sure that all family members know where to access, and how to use, fire extinguishers
Schedule An Appointment to See Our Electrician in Holly Springs
The best way to prevent an electrical fire from starting is scheduling an electrical safety inspection. Our Holly Springs electrical contractor can ensure your home meets NEC safety provisions, and install AFCI devices that recognize and stop electrical hazards. Finally, we can provide necessary upgrades that will help your system meet the demands of your current family size and technology use. To request a free estimate, click here!