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Mar 15, 2021

What Causes Electrical Fires?

Electrical fires are one of the worst situations that a property owner can endure. Such a tragic event could cause property damage, personal injury and other dangers. At Mr. Electric, we provide high quality commercial and residential electrical services for clients in Katy, Houston, Humble, The Woodlands, Texas and surrounding neighborhoods. We strive to help our customers stay safe, and we want to help you do the same. Read below to find out what the most common causes of electrical fires are, and what you can do to decrease the hazards in your own home or commercial building. 

Overloaded Circuits

Do your outlet plugs look like a tangled mess? This is one of the most notorious causes of fires, particularly around the holiday season. Whether you have multiple electronics plugged into a bar or are using an extension cord to power more than one appliance, this bad habit can be dangerous. Consider investing in a dedicated circuit installation or new outlet installations to ensure that each circuit has enough power to meet your needs. 

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Outdated Appliances

Your vintage toaster and stand mixer may look great sitting on your kitchen counter, but you may not want them for practical cooking use. Outdated appliances are often ill equipped to use with modern electrical systems. Due to age related wear and tear, they may also have loose wiring or frayed cords. Always inspect older electronics for signs of damage. If you notice strange smells or noises, or see smoke, then swap it out with a safe and reliable modern replacement. 

Faulty Outlets

Ungrounded outlets and non-GFCI outlets can also present dangers. Today’s homes are built with these standards in mind, but older homes may not have been properly upgraded. GFCI outlets will help reduce the chances of fires and electrical shock in areas with high moisture content, like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Likewise, properly grounded outlets will keep sparks, electrical arcs and electrical fires under control. Upgrade your outlets for the wellbeing of your household, and in order to comply with current standards, codes and regulations. 

Portable Heaters 

When the temperatures dip, it may seem like a good idea to relax next to the warmth of a space heater. However, these devices are a very common cause of house fires. Many people use portable heaters while sleeping, so they don’t notice it overheating. Or homeowners forget to turn it off before leaving for work in the morning. Consider avoiding this appliance altogether by investing in a central heating system or electric fireplace. 

Do You Need a Wiring Upgrade or Electrical Inspection? Call Mr. Electric Today 

Are you concerned about the condition of your electrical system? Then there is no need to put yourself or your loved ones at risk. Get the professional care you need right away by calling the experts at Mr. Electric. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians in Houston TX are ready to improve the safety and efficiency of your property. Contact our office for more information about our wide range of premium services or to schedule an appointment for your next inspection, wiring upgrade, electrical panel replacement or electrical repair in Katy, Houston, Spring, Crosby, The Woodlands, Cypress, Tomball, Rosenberg, Atascocita, Texas and nearby metro area communities.

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