According to the Energy Education Council electrical fires cause more damage than any other type of fire, and are twice as deadly. The Electrical Safety Foundation International also reports similar statistics, concluding that electrical receptacles are involved in 5,300 fires each year, causing 40 deaths and more than 100 consumer injuries.
National Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 9-15, is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of electrical fires and what you can do at home, and at work, to prevent such devastating events. One of the primary tips for Fire Prevention Week is to check your smoke detectors. Don’t be fooled, age matters—smoke detectors must be replaced every 10 years.
Did you know that 65% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors? Make sure you have smoke detectors in common areas of your home or office on each level, if not in every single room. You can never be too safe. Don’t wait—check the date!
Electrical Safety Tips for Home & Work
Checking smoke detectors should be the first action you take, but there are a number of other tips to help prevent electrical fires….
If you have Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) installed, these should be checked regularly. If not, consider having a qualified electrician install them as a basic electric system upgrade. These offer excellent protection against electrical shocks and fires and should be installed on outlets throughout your home or office, especially in areas like the bathroom and kitchen where water may be present.
Properly label circuits. It’s extremely tricky to troubleshoot overloaded or faulty circuits if your main panel isn’t labeled correctly. Once your main panel is properly labeled, add up the electrical loads on each circuit to ensure they’re not being maxed out. The benefit of a well-labeled main panel is not just that it’s more clear when it’s time for electrical upgrades and repairs, but it’s safer and easier to perform work when there is a need.
Although some of these electrical safety solutions should be performed by a professional, there are a few things you can do. First, don’t overload surge protectors, and keep an eye out for deteriorating or damaged appliance cords. Never use extension cords for space heaters and air conditioners—small appliances must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Simple cleaning practices can go a long way in preventing electrical fires as well, especially around lamps and light fixtures where dust likes to collect.
Electrical Circuit Re-Labeling & Safety Inspections
Dominion Service Company brings nearly 40 years of prompt, reliable HVAC maintenance and service to area residents and businesses, keeping them comfortable throughout the seasons. But, did you know we also provide our customers with high quality electrical service? Our team understands that a big part of your comfort and safety at home and work relies on proper wiring, setup and maintenance of your electrical components. For your convenience you can now have your HVAC and electrical service performed at once, by a single contractor.
Many of the items pertaining to electrical safety can be performed during an electrical service call. This comprehensive commercial and residential service includes, but is not limited to…
- Checking for abnormal system odors
- Examining all electrical outlets
- Testing fuses & tripped circuit breakers
- Identifying possible wiring shorts
- Evaluating lighting wiring & ballasts
In addition to electrical system inspections as described above, our experienced electricians can help make your home or business safer through a variety of solutions like circuit protection, circuit re-labeling, lighting assessments, as well as offer education on electrical savings strategies.
Trust us at work, trust us at home
Dominion Service Company has built its reputation on providing customers with honest recommendations, timely service and guaranteed satisfaction. Whether you need HVAC or electrical service at home, or in a commercial property you own or manage, you can count on us to deliver high quality, prompt service each and every time. Our team of electricians and technicians are experienced in all makes, models and types of systems, so no problem is too big or small.
To learn more about residential and commercial HVAC service plans or to find out about our comprehensive electrical safety inspections, contact Dominion Service Company today at 800-832-0758.