Electrical Fire 101
While there are many causes for fires in the home, electrical fires are a particularly difficult type to grapple with. To ensure that electrical fires do not become a big issue in your home, the SERVPRO of Farmingdale/Massapequa experts advise implementing the following safety strategies:
• Inspect your property for faulty wiring, shorts, and loose wires that could increase susceptibility to electrical fire. When you note any issues, call a certified electrician to fix them. Also be sure to make use of safety covers on any outlet that a child has access to.
• Make sure that a smoke detector is installed on each level of your home. Also be sure that the smoke detectors are functioning properly.
• Turn off any electrical equipment that produces an unusual spark, smell, or sound.
• Replace or repair frayed, cracked, or loose cords. Do not place your cords in high traffic regions of the home. Also refrain from placing them under rugs or carpets.
• Make use of surge protectors to keep your appliances safe.
• Keep flammables stored far from your electrical appliances.
• Have an ark fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) installed in the house. These devices monitor circuits to assess any dangerous arcing conditions.
• Do not allow children to climb any trees located near a power line.
Ask the following questions to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning effectively:
• Did you test them?
• Are they working properly?
• Are there enough alarms in the home?
Switches and Outlets
Ask the following questions to ensure that your switches and outlets are functioning effectively:
• Do the plugs fit correctly?
• Are they warm to the touch?
• Do they work properly?
• Do they make any unusual sounds? (sizzling, buzzing, or crackling)
Lamps and Appliances
• Are you using the right bulbs?
• Do you use space heaters safely?
• Are appliance cords protected from damage?
Have Questions about any Fire prevention? Contact us @ 516-221-3666