Electrical fires are common due to electrical hazards and issues that are present in residential buildings. Electrical fires can occur at any time of the day or night and put your safety and life at risk. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent an electrical fire from occurring during the summer season.
1. Schedule an Inspection
Hire a professional to perform an inspection on your electrical system at least once each year to ensure everything is in good condition. Electrical issues that may be present can be uncovered and repaired to prevent fires from occurring. Look for a reputable electrician from a company like Rush Electric in Memphis, TN. An experienced professional will have the skills and experience to address potential issues before it’s too late.
2. Perform a Tune-Up
Many residential properties in Memphis or Shelby County are older and have outdated electrical systems, which increases the risk of electrical fires. It’s important to schedule a tune-up every 10 years and replace the electrical panel if it’s making popping noises or the breaker is frequently tripping. An electrician will be able to confirm the breakers are working correctly and can add tamper-resistant receptacles if there are small children in the home.
3. Understand the Warning Signs
Knowing the warning signs of electrical issues can allow you to respond quickly before a fire starts. Call an electrician immediately if you notice bulbs that are wearing out sooner than expected, loose outlets, frequently blown fuses, or overheated plugs and cords. If short circuits, sparks, or arcs are present, you’ll need to call the fire department to ensure image technology is used to determine whether there’s a risk of an electrical fire in the building.
4. Replace Your Smoke Detectors
Fires often occur because smoke detectors have old batteries or are no longer in good condition. Test your smoke detectors every month to ensure they are reliable and will alert you of any smoke in the building. Smoke detectors that are at least ten years old should immediately be replaced with newer smoke alarms that are in better condition.
5. Unplug the Electronics
Check for electrical hazards throughout the home, which include wires running under rugs and overloaded circuits. Laptops and phone chargers should also be kept several feet away from beds when they’re plugged into an outlet. Also, only use extension cords for short periods of time, and avoid leaving them plugged in for the long term.
Contact our team today at Rush Electric to learn more about additional tips for preventing electrical fires on your property. Our team can also help maintain your electrical system throughout the year to keep it in good condition.