Top Causes of Electrical Fires in Homes

Common causes of electrical fires and how to prevent them.

Home electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. The reality is that nearly all electrical fires can be prevented. If we understand the causes, we can take appropriate steps to prevent accidents and safeguard our properties. Check out just a few common causes of electrical fires and what you can do to prevent destruction.

Faulty Appliances

A common cause of electrical fires is faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Large appliances should be serviced as frequently as recommended by the manufacturer. Appliances with worn and damaged cords should not be used as they can send heat onto surrounding surfaces like curtains and rugs.

Improper or Old Wiring

It’s important for homeowners to make sure their wiring is safe. Older buildings may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances used in today’s average home. Along with more chargers and high-speed blenders, the average home demands more from wiring than it did in previous years.

Worn Switches

Switches wear out over time. Although many like to think they will last forever, they last only years. The wire connections in the back or side of the switch may be loose and the switch will need replacement. It is also possible that wire nuts are loose behind the switch.

Holiday Decorations

The holidays bring fun and festivity to all. However, they pose a unique fire risk. Extension cords are strung everywhere, lights are added all over rooms and vegetation outdoors, and even candles are left burning without supervision. Practice holiday safety by not overloading sockets, only using appropriate outdoor lights outside, watering your tree often to ensure it is not dry, and blowing out candles before you leave a room.

If your home does succumb to flames, homeowners insurance can help. If you are looking for reliable and affordable coverage, don’t hesitate to contact us at Sausman Insurance Agency in Mifflintown, Millersburg, and Lewistown, Pennsylvania. We are ready to assist you with all your coverage needs.