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How to Prevent an Electrical Fire

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

Did you know that US firefighters respond to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires every year? Electrical fires are more common than you think, but fortunately they’re also preventable. Take the following steps to keep your family safe from electrical fires.

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1. Schedule an inspection

Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric can inspect your home’s wiring and ascertain whether or not you require rewiring. We can also take care of an array of other residential electrical services, from breakers and fuses to new wiring for appliances.

2. Avoid overloading electrical sockets

One of the most common causes of electrical fires is overburdened electrical sockets. Try not to plug too many appliances into one outlet, power strip or extension cord. You can also invest in power strips with built-in overload protection.

3. Keep flammable materials a safe distance away from electrical appliances and outlets

Don’t let flammable materials come into contact with electrical appliances like irons, hair dryers and space heaters. Objects to keep an eye on include towels, blankets and rugs. (Yes, this means hiding extension cords and cables under the rug is a no-no!)

Other steps to preventing an electrical fire include:

  • Checking appliances for broken plugs and cords
  • Repairing  shorts and damaged wiring

For professional assistance, give Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric a call today:

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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