How To Prevent An Electrical Fire?
A fire can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Not a single person wants to see their home and precious belongings burn down right in front of them. Sadly, electrical fires happen to over 50,000 families every year and can cause millions of dollars in property damages. Here at STOP Restoration, we care about your property and the safety of your loved ones. That is why we are giving you some tips on preventing electrical fires that could save lives one day.
· Unplug heat-producing appliances when they are not in use.
Have you ever left your home and kept worrying if you unplugged that hair straightener in your bathroom? At STOP Restoration, we have lived through this emotional rollercoaster many times. However, it still is crucially important that you unplug that hair straightener. Heat producing appliances are the number one cause of electrical fires, so next time, try to check the rooms and unplug heat-producing devices before exiting.
· Use extension cords temporarily.
Even though electrical cords are really convenient, they are not the safest by any chance. With the endless amount of cords touching each other, a fire is just around the corner. When you are in need of more power outlets, call a qualified electrician to install them in your home.
· Don’t use a power outlet that is damaged.
We all have been guilty of using damaged power outlets or appliances. Even though it is pretty self-explanatory, please try to stay away from them and get them fixed right away. Trust us, an electrical shock is not fun by any means. So, if you see sparks before plugging in your device, see some burn marks around the outlet, or smell something burning, please unplug your device and call an electrician.
· Don’t tamper with electrical plugs.
It is important that you never force a plug into an outlet and that you never remove the third prong. They are there for a reason and just like the team at STOP Restoration, they are there to keep you safe. We know that in the heat of the moment, you might be tempted to force the plug into the outlet. However, remember that a bad wire can cause an electrical fire.
· Use electrical appliances and equipment safely.
All of the appliances in your home come with a warning label and instruction guide. It is important that you use the electrical device the way it is intended to be used. A manufacturer always provides instructions in order to avoid liability from electrical fires. If you use your items correctly, you will be okay. Also, if you don’t trust an electrical device, our electrician experts are more than happy to inspect the device for you.
Remember, electrical work is not a DIY project. Fires do happen and they are absolutely heartbreaking. Luckily, here at STOP Restoration, we are more than happy to ensure your safety at all times. Our qualified electricians know how to detect a faulty wire and stop that fire. For expert services around the clock, please don’t hesitate to call us at (505) 892-3112.