Whether you own a home or business, you’ll do everything to keep your property safe not only from theft, but also from anything that may happen unexpectedly such as electrical fires.

As per U.S. Fire Administration, 24,000 electrical fires occur every year.  Overloaded outlets are the cause of 5,300 house fires annually.

Being aware of the dangers and potential causes of electrical fires is crucial to keep your property from harm.  Let’s explore how a broken outlet causes fire and what can you do to prevent them.

If you have an old outlet and switch that were not properly grounded, have it fixed right away or consider installing a new one because faulty electrical outlets may lead to electrical fires. Since outlets and switches get old overtime, the wiring behind it also wears in the long run which will loosen eventually and this may lead to breakage causing a fire.

An outlet can also catch a fire even if nothing is plugged in and this may occur in homes that use aluminum wires. If your house was built for more than 50 years, chances are, it was built with aluminum wiring. Aluminum wires are more likely to catch a fire because it’s a major fire hazard. Because aluminum is softer and expands more than copper, it easily breaks and causes loose connections to overheat quickly. If you suspect you have aluminum wiring at home, watch for signs that could lead to a serious problem such as warm light switches, flickering lights not due to external source, the smell of burning plastic and presence of sparks.

Another possibility that outlets with nothing plugged in can catch fire is when the circuit cable termination to the outlet is not properly tightened at the installation stage. Since an outlet has continuous supply of power through a breaker, this may overheat and catch a fire.

Old and worn out appliances can also be the reason behind an electrical outlet fire. Old appliances tend to consume more electrical supply and the old insulation used in these appliances have a high flammability. So it overheats quickly, and this may possibly send heat onto combustible surfaces like curtain, carpets and rugs that can start a fire.

Do you often use extension cords in your home? If you do, keep in mind that it is also considered a fire hazard. If all your appliances are plugged into a single extension cord, excessive power load will most likely occur. This will pose a risk to your home for an electrical fire because having a circuit overload is not safe.

Here are some fire prevention tips that you can follow to avoid the risk of experiencing electrical outlet fire in your home or business.

  1.   Repair loose outlets, to improve connection tighten the wire nuts or replace the entire outlet as much as possible
  2.   Replace aluminum wires with copper wires and call a qualified electrician to replace the wiring for you.
  3.   A heavy duty extension cord is recommended for every application.  Avoid running cords under the rug because of the likelihood to generate excessive heat.
  4.   Always pay attention to your appliances especially the outdated ones. Check if there are any exposed wires. If the appliance operates improperly, repair or replace it immediately.

How OHM Electrical Contracting can help?

OHM Electrical Contracting LLC is an electrical contracting firm that has a complete set of equipment for all your electrical needs. The owner is a licensed 01-Master Electrician that has extensive knowledge in troubleshooting, complicated electrical systems, efficient electrical energy design and electrical safety.

Our company has a team of qualified, experienced and professional electrical technicians who follow the National Electrical Code when looking over your home or business and replace old wiring.

We pride ourselves for being experts to conduct a thorough electrical safety auditing of your wiring, external power panels and wall outlet.

We focus on renewable electrical systems and we provide our customers quality renewable energy because we are highly skilled and have the latest technology in providing our service.

So when you’re looking for quality and affordable electrical service, call us at our office and we will give you the best troubleshoot repair, residential and commercial electrical services that you deserve! 

Electrical Contractors in Seattle, WA

If you’re looking to hire an electrical contracting firm in Seattle then contact us at OHM Electrical Contracting! Our team of electricians can handle any and all electrical needs. Founder and owner, Alfred, is a Master 01 Electrician who works with both residential, commercial, and industrial property owners.

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