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Preventing Electrical Fires In The Home

Aug 28, 2008
Homes fires can be caused by several different things. Accidents are only one of them. Fireplaces are often a reason homes catch on fire. Lightening strikes can start a blaze as well. Children playing with matches or someone not watching the stove while they are cooking are well known reasons why a home catches fire. Sometimes these fires can be put out because they cause any major damage, but many times they can destroy an entire home if they can not be caught in time.

One of the other best known reasons that start homes fires is because of electrical problems. Even this kind of fire can be started for several different reasons. During the winter months is when a lot of them happen. People have a tendency to overload their circuits running small space heaters that can short out easily when they overheat. Using the wrong kind of extension cords is another. Sometimes people will use a cord that does not carry the correct amount of current and this can cause a fire. You should not use an extension cord at all if it can possibly be avoided and never use a damaged one. Never run extension or any other electrical cord under a rug or carpet.

Using outlets that are damaged can cause things plugged into them to short out. This is why you should never use an outlet if you know it is not working correctly. It should be repaired as soon as you notice there is a problem. Sometimes home owners will try to fix some electrical things themselves in order to keep from paying a certified electrician to come in and do the job. This can be a terrible mistake. Amateurs should never try to do their own electrical wiring or even installing certain appliances like a wall oven because the potential for doing it wrong is so great.

Professionals are called professionals for a very good reason they know what they are doing. In an attempt to save a little money, many home owners have had their homes burned to the ground because they attempted to make repairs or do an installation they were totally unqualified to do. If you do this and start a fire, you could even have trouble collecting from your insurance company because you did not use a qualified person. A little money saved would certainly not be worth the risk.

If you have any electrical issues in your home, do not try and solve the problem yourself. Follow as many safety guidelines as you know of in order to prevent unnecessary fires in your home. People really never understand how devastating having a fire in their home is until they actually have one.
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