How to Prevent an Electrical Fire
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.
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