According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there are 28,600 electrical fires in the United States every year. Pair that statistic with the fact that these fires cause over $1 billion in property damages and you’ve got some astonishing figures. So, what are the top causes of electrical fires and how can you prevent them from happening? Find out below:
- Faulty Wires - whether they’re old, damaged or simply inadequate to handle the electrical load faulty wiring is the top cause of electrical fires. Just like everything else, wires wear out with time and if you’re living in an older Philadelphia home, it might be time for an upgrade.
- Cooking - are you the type who loves to spend hours whipping up new recipes? Even if you consider yourself a professional chef, unattended pots and pans can pose major threats. Grease is another leading cause of electrical fires so make sure the area around the stove is clear of anything that could potentially go up in flames.
- Appliances - believe it or not, appliances can overheat rather easily and therefore they pose a risk that most homeowners overlook. Always be sure to check wires and cables for fraying or other damage and never overload an outlet.