5 Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires

Sep 15, 2019

No matter what the season, fire prevention is always a good lesson. Be sure to avoid any undue stress or injury from accidental fires with these potentially life-saving tips.

  1. Inspect Your Home and Be Aware

Calls are made to electricians all around Burnaby regarding fire hazards or incidents that could have easily been prevented. To make sure you are aware of what can potentially cause fire damage and risk to your family’s safety, be sure to do regular inspections of your home. Look for big things that can cause immediate danger, but keep a running list of the small things and call your local Vancouver area electrician when you feel the list is long enough.

  1. Never Overburden an Outlet

Using adapters that allow for multiple devices to be plugged into one outlet can be useful at times, but relying too heavily on them can cause a risk to your property and family.

  1. Never Leave Frayed Cords in Use

A big no-no from electricians all around North Vancouver and surrounding areas is leaving frayed cords in use. Once a cord becomes frayed, it opens your home up to the risk of fire damage. The frayed cords can leave wires exposed; these can heat up or create electrical sparks and start a fire.

  1. Ensure All Outlets are Secure

Every year, do a walkthrough of your home to ensure all outlets are secured tightly to the wall. Depending on the size of your home, this should only take a matter minutes and simply requires a screwdriver. Be sure to not overtighten the screws holding outlets in place as this may crack them.

  1. Keep Firestarters at Bay

Things such as lamps, hairdryers, and irons are common causes of fires in residential areas, but anything that has a heat source has the potential to start a fire. Be sure to give these types of items space to operate, and shut them off and unplug them when not in use.

If you have any questions related to fire protection, contact us at AJ’s Electrical.


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