– Residential electrical fires are estimated to account for 51,000 fires, 455 deaths, 1,500 injuries and over $1.2 billion in property damage each year.
– Residential electrical systems are estimated to be the third leading cause of home fires.
– The wiring in your home was the first item to catch fire in over 30% of all home fires. Roughly 70% of those cited some type of electrical failure or malfunction.
– Wires arcing in your home are the cause of more than 30,000 structure fires a year, and over $700 million in property damage. You can help prevent this by having arc fault breakers installed in your home.
– Reports indicate that electrical receptacles account for 5,300 fires every year and many deaths.
– Non-Working smoke detectors account for 65% of all home fire deaths. Have your smoke alarms checked today, they can save your life.
– Make sure to have your homes electrical system inspected by a licensed electrician to make sure the entire system is safe, and working properly.
– Install smoke alarms on every floor, in every bedroom, and outside of every bedroom at the very least. This is the minimal code requirement and could save your life.
– Make sure to test your smoke alarms, AFCI, And GFCI devices at least annually. Some of these safety devices require monthly testing ask Blue Collar Electricians which apply.
– Ask your licensed electrician what equipment would make your home safer and help prevent a house fire or possible electric shock and death.
– Make sure not to overload circuits, or use extension cords. We can install additional circuits to prevent hazards and keep your electrical system operating safely.
– Make sure to look for discolored receptacles and switches. These devices may even be hot to the touch, and be an indication of a dangerous problem.
– If your lights dim, flicker, if you hear a buzzing, or sizzling sound this is an indication of a bigger problem that needs immediate attention.
– If a fuse or breaker repeatedly trips leave it off, this is a sign of a serious problem that could lead to a fire.
– Any home with young children should have tamper proof receptacles installed to prevent electric shock, burns or even death.
– Emergency evacuation plans should be established and practiced with the entire family often.