Happy October! As we enter into the cold weather and holiday season, we must remember that safety is of utmost importance. Few things can ruin a holiday season faster than an unforeseen disaster. One of the most common disasters that occur during this season is an electrical fire. Here are a few nationwide statistics about electrical fires:
- 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.
- Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires.
- Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors.
So how do we keep our homes same from a disaster like this before it occurs? The first thing we recommend you do is have your home thoroughly inspected by a qualified electrician every couple years.
On the off years it is important that you do a thorough self-inspection of your home to check for anything that looks out of the ordinary and could be repaired/replaced. Check your home’s electrical system and check all outlets. Check all your light bulbs to ensure that they match the recommended wattage on their light fixture, check your extension chords and string lights for any frayed wiring, test smoke detectors and AFCIs to ensure that they are working properly, and clean and inspect your space heaters that you got out of that old dusty closet. It is better to spend a few dollars on buying new lights, heaters, and batteries than it is to spend thousands on restoring your home from a disaster.
Avoid overloading outlets. This is easy to do when you want to get every Christmas light you own out into your display; however, this highly increases the potential for short-circuits and other electrical issues that can be dangerous. Make sure you are spreading your lights out to different outlets rather than sourcing them all through one.
Sometimes you can do everything right, and something can still go awry. Luckily, Central Oregon is full of people that care, and Central Oregon Disaster Restoration is no exception. We are the Home Team. It’s not just our motto but the way we strive to serve each person that reaches out to us for help. We are here to provide quality service so you get back to you pre-disaster position as quick as possible.
If you have any further questions about how to prepare for the upcoming months, please send us an email via our contact page or give us a call at (541) 318-7853.
(Statistics were provided by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).)