Aug 9, 2016
4 Key Warning Signs Of An Electrical Fire
Regardless of your home’s age, there’s always a chance of falling victim to an electrical fire. That’s why recognizing the signs of an impending issue will help you protect your family before worse comes to worst.
Some warning signs that emerge before electrical fires take place include:
1. Electrical Shocks
Ever experience a shock or zap when touching an electrical outlet? These occur as a result of incorrect electrical wiring or ground faulting.
2. Wattage Mismatch
Quick, check your lamps and other lighting fixtures to ensure they’re using the appropriate voltage! Using a bulb with a higher wattage than the recommended maximum can lead to an electrical fire, so if that’s the case in your home – remove the bulbs immediately!!
3. Flickering Lights
The flickering of lights symbolizes a defective or loose light bulb. If you’re experiencing flickering, try replacing your light bulb – if that doesn’t work, consult with an electrician as it could be the sign of something more serious.
4. Smoke Detector Maintenance
It’s important to be diligent in monitoring the health of your smoke detector, in fact, safety experts recommend testing some detector batteries on a monthly basis and changing the batteries at least biannually.
Bonus: Despite following these safety precautions you may unfortunately still fall victim to an electrical fire. In which case, a fire extinguisher is a very valuable safety tool to keep in your home should you ever need to use one. To choose the grade most suitable for your home, read this safety guide we published for you.