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Risk of Electrical Fire

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

electrical outlet, fire Risk of Electrical Fire

Electrical problems are a major cause of fires.  There is plenty of energy in an electrical appliance to cause a fire.  If not properly maintained and installed, they can be responsible for fire and injury. 

Electrical fires can be divided into three categories: 

  1. Fires started by worn out electrical equipment.  Examples include dirty electric motors and deteriorated insulation.
  2. Improper use of approved equipment. Examples include overloaded cords and improper use of heating appliances. 
  3. Accidental occurrence or operator error. Examples are lamps, heating equipment left on, and clothes left in contact with heating devices.

Inspect your home for older pieces of equipment and cords that may be damaged or frayed. Remember that when using an extension cord it should only be a temporary solution.  Remember that multiple plug adaptors can cause an overload to the circuits. 

Consider all the risk factors and maintain proper use of all electrical appliances.  Be sure to keep combustible material away from heating sources.  Following guidelines and taking safety precautions can greatly reduce you risk of electrical fires. 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of The Quad Cities is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?  Call us today at 256-383-4470. 

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