House fires can happen in an instant and the effects can be devastating. Studies have shown that 80% of deaths caused by fire happen in the home. Often, house fires take over so fast that by the time help arrives, much of the damage is already done. Nobody would start a fire in their home on purpose, and Burley Electrical Services is here to talk about some fire hazards in your home you might not be aware of.
Outdated Aluminum Wiring is a Cause of House Fires
If you have a house that was built in the ’60s or ’70s, you might have aluminum wiring throughout your home. If you are buying a home that is older, you should have the electrical wiring checked to make sure there isn’t aluminum wiring throughout it. This wiring is so dangerous, it has been banned in certain countries.
Connecting Multiple Electrical Extension Cords Can be Dangerous
Most people don’t think twice about using extension cords in their home. They are handy to have if you have a hard time reaching an outlet or have too many electrical devices and need more space. It is also easy to overload them and unknowingly cause a fire hazard. Always check their capacity and if you have any extension cords that are old or look worn out, it is better to dispose of them.
Light Bulbs Fire Hazard
Light bulbs might not be on your radar for fire hazards either. Usually they don’t pose much of a risk, but if they are anywhere near blankets or other flammable items like draperies, they can cause house fires. Incandescent bulbs often heat up if they are left on for long periods of time and shouldn’t be anywhere near flammable materials.
Arc Faults are Dangerous
Many people don’t even know what an arc fault is, but it can be very dangerous where fire hazards are concerned. It is when a current goes off path because of an exposed or damaged wire. This happens sometimes when a wire is pinched under furniture or as you hang items on the wall and accidentally puncture a wire. This can be a serious fire hazard.
Electrical Wiring Problems; Defective Wires Within Your Walls
Because there are times that wires can be defective inside the walls of your home, it is a good idea to have your electrical wiring checked routinely to avoid this problem. A good time to have this done is right after you have purchased a home and might be unaware of any DIY electrical jobs done on the house that pose a fire hazard.
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You would never knowingly let fire hazards go unfixed in your home. Don’t let any of these common fire risks go unchecked leaving your home at risk of a house fire. Burley Electrical Services can help keep your home safe with routine electrical inspections and repairs that may need to take place. Call us today for an appointment.