We depend on electricity in order to live comfortable and convenient lives. However, it’s important to know that electricity can be dangerous. Remember, electricity generates heat, which means that electric fires can occur.
The following are a few tips on preventing electrical fires in your home:
- Call an electrician if you notice signs such as dimming or flickering lights, outlets or switches that are hot when you touch them or that produce an acrid odor, discolored switch plates, repeated tripped circuit breakers, or repeated blown fuses.
- Make sure that all electrical modifications that you make meet existing codes.
- If your home was built between 1965 and 1973, have the aluminum wiring checked; there may be issues with the wiring used in your cable connections, wall sockets, and switches.
- Make sure that the proper size fuses and circuit breakers have been installed.
- Make sure that you use the right bulb wattage for your lamps and fixtures.
- Keep materials that are combustible away from bulbs or lampshades.
- Check to make sure plugs fit into your outlets properly in order to reduce the risk of shock, as well as excess heat.
- If you notice any broken cords or frayed cords on your electrical appliances, discard them. Don’t try splicing two cords together.
These are just some of the tips for preventing electrical fires in your home that you should keep in mind. For additional home safety tips and information about homeowners insurance, please contact us at CCW Insurance today.
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