Electrical Fires: Common Risk Factors & How to Spot Them

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There is no time like the present to prevent a house fire. It’s time to get some worthwhile tips to keep dangerous electrical fires at bay. At Yoder Electric, we’ve got the power and the expertise to make your home safer for yourself and your whole family. In today’s blog post, we discuss what risk factors to watch for and what you can do to prevent them in day-to-day life.

Risk Factors of Electrical Fires

Electrical fires can be tricky. They could start because of the things you do every day. Here are just a few things that might be a problem:

1. Overloaded Circuits

Do you tend to unknowingly overload your circuits? The general rule is to never overload your electrical circuits, and it’s usually overlooked. Plugging too many appliances into a single outlet can cause overheating and, ultimately, a fire hazard. Distribute your devices wisely, and if needed, consult with Yoder Electric to install additional outlets.

2. Old Wiring

When last did you check the wiring in your home? If your home’s wiring is older than you, it’s time for an upgrade. Outdated wiring is more prone to damage and will lead to electrical fires if left unattended. 

A Yoder Electric professional is always on hand to inspect your wiring and can suggest the necessary updates where he spots something that might look a bit suspect.

3. Badly Maintained Systems

When last did you conduct a good inspection of your electrical system? It’s so important to have your electrical system inspected periodically and, most importantly, by a qualified electrician who will be able to spot impending issues before they become dangerous and out of control.

Old, outdated appliances can be a hidden fire hazard, especially if not properly maintained. Make sure that cords and plugs are in good condition, and keep an eye out for any strange smells or sparks. 

4. Poor Surge Protection

Have you thought about investing in surge protectors? Electrical surges ultimately cause fires. Invest in quality surge protectors to safeguard your electronics. They’ll not only protect your gadgets but also reduce the risk of fire caused by power surges.

5. No Smoke Detectors

Do you have smoke detectors installed? Smoke detectors are the first line of defense in cases of electrical fires. They are the reason a lot of people are kept safe in the unlikely event of a house fire. 

Have them installed on every floor of your home, test them regularly, and make sure they’re always functioning in tip-top shape.

The Best Way to Protect Your Home

Educating your family is your best defense against potential electrical fires. How educated is your household when it comes to electrical fire safety? Share these safety tips with your family members. Make sure that they know how to respond in any case of an electrical emergency.

Call a family meeting and discuss the basics. Do you have a fire extinguisher specifically designed for electrical fires? Do your smaller children know how to call 911? Do you have Yoder Electric’s phone number taped to the fridge?

It’s also wise to develop an emergency plan that includes escape routes in case of a fire. Practice this plan with your family so that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Keep your electrical system safe and functional with Yoder!

At Yoder Electric, we believe that prevention is key when it comes to electrical fires. Hopefully, with these tips, we can help you protect your home and loved ones. 

Remember, safety always comes first, and a little precaution can go a long way in preventing electrical fires. If you have any concerns or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Yoder Electric today.

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