Tips for Preventing Electrical Fires
Most people don't give much thought to electrical fire risks, but there are over 25,000 electrical fires reported every year in the United States alone. However, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of starting an electrical fire in your home. While you can take drastic steps like rewiring your home if necessary, first you should follow these easy and inexpensive tips to significantly reduce your risk.
Don't Leave Plugged-in Electrical Devices Unattended
When using powerful appliances or other electronics, it's always a good idea to at least remain in the same room. With an object like a space heater or kitchen appliance, a fire can start without you even realizing if you have left the room. Always stay in the room or turn these devices off and unplug them when you leave the room. The kitchen is the number one place for home fires to begin, so you should take every possible precaution to prevent them from starting.
Don't Overload Outlets
Exercise care when working with kitchen appliances, or any other electrical device that generates heat. Try to keep things limited to one heat-generating device per outlet. If you need access to more electrical sockets in a room, you should use a surge protector or give the experts at Van Natta a call and we can help with installing new outlets.
Be Safe with Flammables and Water
One of the cardinal rules of electricity is that it definitely does not mix well with water. You should always be careful using an electronic device near a source of water. Particular care should be taken when using an appliance in the kitchen or bathroom where there may be several different water sources nearby. Outlets that may be near water should be equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). This circuit breaker is designed to shut off electrical power in the event of a ground-fault in as little as 1/40 of a second. If properly maintained and installed a GFCI can prevent an electrical incident by either eliminating or significantly reducing the effects of an electrical shock.
Get Routine Safety and Code Inspections
Sometimes it can be overwhelming keeping up with everything that needs doing when you own a home. But one thing you should not neglect is the safety of your electrical wiring. You may not know exactly how old your wiring, appliances, and lighting systems are, but a professional electrical inspector can usually figure it out. Electrical experts like those at Van Natta Mechanical have the tools and the experience to check all your electrical systems and make sure everything is up to code and safety standards. If there's anything wrong with your wiring, we can help fix it.
Do you have more questions about electricity, especially when it comes to electrical fire safety? Contact the experts at Van Natta Mechanical and let us inspect your wiring and make sure everything is safe so you can have some peace of mind. If there's anything done incorrectly or unsafely, we can fix it. We've been the electrical pros in Bergen, Rockland and Passaic counties for decades. Now is the perfect time to have your electrical wiring inspected and any issues with it resolved. Contact Van Natta or give us a call today at 201-391-3700.