What Causes Electrical Fires?

What Causes Electrical Fires?

December 14, 2020

Is your electrical system becoming more unreliable by the day? Have you heard about the dangers of faulty wiring and are now concerned about the safety of your existing electrical system? At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we provide high quality commercial and residential electrical services for local clients including inspections and wiring upgrades. If you are worried about wiring issues in your home, here are the most common causes of electrical fires, and what you can do to avoid this dangerous problem. 

What Are the Most Common Sources of Electrical Fires? 

There are many reasons why an electrical fire can occur, however the two most common are the use of portable heaters, faulty electrical outlets, damaged light fixtures, outdated appliances, overloaded electrical circuits or outdated electrical wiring. While some of these examples can be avoided with good practices, others can be difficult for property owners to stay on top of. For this reason, it is important that home and business owners invest in annual inspections, which can alert you to any hidden wiring or circuit problems. 

Tips for Protecting Your Property from the Dangers of Electrical Fires

If you want to take steps to improve the safety of your property, then consider the following suggestions: 

  • Avoid using any electronics, appliances or devices that have crimped or frayed wires. The exposed wiring could spark and ignite a fire. 
  • If it has been years since your last electrical inspection, then be sure to schedule an appointment for one as soon as possible. It is important that your home’s electrical system is up to current codes and regulations.
  • Those with older homes may need to upgrade to GFCI outlets, switch from fuses to a breaker box, replace faulty or dysfunctional wiring or install a new electrical panel. 
  • To stay safe in the event of a fire, make sure that your smoke detectors are functioning properly and that you have Class C or ABC rated fire extinguishers available throughout your property. 

When to Call a Professional Electrician

If you are experiencing frequent electrical problems like overloaded circuits or dysfunctional circuits, then it is best to call a professional electrician as soon as you can. A certified professional will have the professional training, experience and specialized equipment needed to conduct a thorough inspection. If there are any issues, they can diagnose the source of your trouble, and make necessary repairs or replace faulty components of your electrical system. 

Are You Worried About the Condition of Your Electrical System? Call Mr. Electric 

Is it time for you to invest in a professional electrical inspection, wiring upgrade or electrical repair? Keep your household or business safe from electrical fires by calling the team at Mr. Electric of Dallas today. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians are ready to put their tools and experience to work for your DFW area property. Contact our office for more details about our wide selection of residential and commercial electrical services or to schedule a time to meet with an electrician in Dallas, Richardson, Addison, Irving, Carrollton, Coppell, Texas and surrounding metro area communities.