According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), “Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.” Most these fires are completely preventable. How can you prevent against electrical fires in your home?
1. Have your electrical system inspected by an experienced electrician. A licensed electrician would inspect the home and provide guidance on how to meet acceptable safety provisions. Most electrical fires are caused by outdated electrical outlets and/or older appliances. An electrician will provide solutions and help you to prevent a fire before one starts.
2. Ask your electrician about arc faults. A recent report from the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) estimated that 50-75% of electrical fires result from arc faults. An arc fault is defined as power discharge of electricity between at least two conductors. The resulting discharge becomes heat. Over time, this heat can break down the insulation surrounding a wire. This leaves a home more vulnerable to a fire. A trained electrician is capable of either analyzing arc faults through a routine inspection or by using a device to learn more.
3. Make sure to have multiple, functioning smoke detectors on every floor of the home. EFSI states that almost two-thirds of home deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors. While preventing electrical fires in the main goal, making sure that fire detectors are functioning is an essential part of home safety.
4. Older homes are at a greater risk for electrical fires. Much of Chicago’s North Shore is comprised of beautiful, yet older homes with outdated wiring. In Evanston for instance, calls to the Evanston fire department increased from 2,798 in 1995 to 3,363 in 2015 despite national fire statistics plummeting over the same time period. If you own an older home, it’s especially important that you have routine inspections from a licensed electrician.
All Suburban Electric is the area’s most experienced electrician. If you have questions about the safety of your home, or want an inspection from an award-winning electrician, schedule service with All Suburban Electric today. Our team of experts specialize in reviewing all aspects of your home electrical system. If you have concerns, don’t hesitate. Schedule service throughout Chicagoland with All Suburban Electric.