Most fires in a house or business are caused by electrical fires. Whether
it’s due to old or faulty wiring or overloading a power strip, electrical
fires can occur for many reasons. Even though many adults possess a general
understanding of fire safety, children may not be prepared for such an
emergency. That’s why our Atlanta electrical contractor has provided
you with five safety tips to prevent these fires from occurring.
Common fire prevention tips include the following:
Avoid outlet and plug tampering – Particularly for very young children, you can install tamper-preventative
outlets. For older children, it’s imperative to inform them about
the dangers of playing with outlets or sticking items in them.
Don’t overload outlets – When you plug too many high wattage appliances into one circuit,
a short circuit could occur and potentially result in a fire.
Don’t run extension cords under carpets or under debris – A faulty extension cord could generate sparks which can make contact
with the carpet, causing a fire to ignite.
Inspect deficient switches and outlets – Faulty switches are ones which are warm or can shock upon touch.
This can be caused by exposed or deteriorated wiring, which can potentially
cause fires behind your switches, outlets, and in your walls. It’s
important to contact an Atlanta electrician for an inspection.
Install and inspect Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) – GFCIs can be found in areas which are continuously exposed to water,
such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and outdoor outlets. They possess a built-in
mechanism to prevent grounding or short circuiting. Make sure they are
If there is any indication of wiring issues in your home, you must contact
an experienced and qualified professional immediately. The risk of fires
or electrocution can make do-it-yourself repairs dangerous. Our Atlanta
electricians are prepared to handle any issue which may cause electrical
fires in order to return your peace of mind.
Call us at (404) 471-3847 and
request our services today!