CMW Electric
Friday, August 26, 2016

Simple Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires

Electrical problems are among the leading causes of house fires that claim nearly 4,000 American lives every year.

Prevention is key. Studies show that “do-it-yourselfers” sometimes inadvertently create
hazardous situations through improper installation of electrical devices like:
 
  1. Fuses – They interrupt dangerous surges, yet fires are still caused by the wrong size fuse or attempts to “outsmart” the fuse with a penny or tin foil.
     
  2. Electricity and water – Outdoors and anywhere near water should be ground fault circuit interrupter type (GFCI) receptacles.
     
  3. Light bulbs – Light bulbs get very hot and can ignite combustible materials that get too close.
     
  4. Lamps – Table lamps should not be used without a shade. Too high of a wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat and start a fire.
     
  5. Extension cords – Extension cords should never be run inside walls or under rugs or furniture. Also, do not use any cord that is stiff, cracked or gets warm when used.

Give us a call, and we can check your electrical system to make sure it’s completely safe.

Enjoy Outdoor Activities, but Beware of Electrical Risks

Even though electricity use outdoors may add greater ease to your chores and more enjoyment to your entertainment this summer, it also brings risks.
 
Some safe practices to follow:

  • Use wood or fiberglass ladders instead of metal ladders near powerlines.
  • Fly toys in open fields without power lines.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Cover outdoor electrical outlets.
  • Outdoor electrical appliances should only be plugged in when in use.
  • Store outdoor electrical products indoors.
  • Electrical fixtures or receptacles should not be within five feet of a pool, unless they are specially designed for that purpose.

Pre-Disaster Prevention

While electrical emergencies often take a homeowner by surprise, many times the “pre-disaster” signs would have already been visible to a trained electrician. Picture this: You’ve just returned home from a summer cookout when you smell and see smoke coming from an outlet. You rush to flip the circuit breaker to the kitchen, then call an electrician for help. The best time to call is before a dangerous situation occurs. We can help you understand your electrical system’s nature, and we can help preserve your safety and save you a whole lot of trouble. Want to learn more? Give us a call.

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