Did you know that home electrical fires account for nearly 51,000 fires each year? That’s not to mention more than 500 deaths and more than 1,400 injuries on top of $1.3 billion in property damage. Sounds like a major disaster, right? Well, if you’re unfamiliar with the dangers of electrical fires and if you don’t have a plan in place to follow should one occur in your home, you can quickly become another statistic.
How Do Electrical Fires Start
There’s a long list of ways electrical fires can start, but some of the common reasons include overheating outlets or chargers, appliances or electronic devices that have worn or damaged wires, and outdated wiring systems in older homes.
Arcing faults can be blamed for starting nearly 28,000 home fires each year, which kill and injure hundreds and hundreds of people.
Creating an Evacuation Plan
The first line of defense against home fires is having smoke detectors installed on every level of the house. But it goes beyond that when it comes to getting your family out safe.
It’s vital to create an evacuation plan and go over it with your family BEFORE an emergency arises. This way, everyone will know what to do and may not be as alarmed as they would be without any plan in place beforehand.
Here’s what you should outline in your fire escape plan:
- A map of the entire house with at least two ways to exit every room
- A list of all people and pets to make sure everyone and everything gets out safely
- A meeting spot outside, far away from the dangerous area(s) of the house where emergency responders can see you
- A backup plan just in case your initial plan is affected in one way or another
At GEN3, electrical safety is among our top priorities. We don’t take it lightly and neither should you! Notice any potential electrical hazards in your Philadelphia home? Give us a call right away and we’ll take care of the problem fast. This way, you can rest easy knowing your family is less at risk of something going wrong. Call us today at 215-512-4102.