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How to Prevent Electrical Fires at Home

You’ll remember that axiom, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? That is surely true when taking steps to avoid an electrical fire at your home. Every year in the United States, there are approximately 46,700 home fires that are caused by electrical issues. ACM Electrical Contractors, as leading residential electricians in NYC, offers these facts and tips to prevent an electrical fire in your home.

Do Not Overload Outlets

Many of us live in older homes that are not prepared to support today’s electronics, technology, security, and entertainment systems. Overloading an outlet by using extension cords and power strips does exactly that. This is a common cause of an electrical fire and it is entirely preventable. First, make certain that your surge protectors have an internal circuit breaker to cut power when it senses an overload. Next, call the licensed residential electricians at ACM Electrical Contractors. It’s time to install some additional outlets and wiring, as well as to consider upgrading the amp service to your home.

Replace Older Countertop Kitchen Appliances

It is these small appliances, not cooking, that are the leading cause of fires that start in your kitchen. Take a hard look and if any have frayed electrical cords. Or, if lights in the room flicker when the appliance is in use, spark when they are turned on or seem to be overheating, throw them out. Do not donate and create a hazard in someone else’s home.

Unplug As Many of These Items as Possible When Not in Use

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Device chargers
  • Countertop appliances
  • Space heaters (these are the leading causes of electrical fires)
  • Electric blankets
  • Hair dryer
  • Curling irons
  • Clothes irons
  • Floor and table lamps

Here’s an added incentive: even if turned off, these appliances and tools still draw power meaning they are adding to your monthly electric bill.

Use Only GFCI Outlets Near Water

Kitchens, bathrooms, studios with sinks, and any outdoor outlet should be a “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter” outlet. These are those three-pronged plug stations that have two buttons marked “Test” and “Reset”. These outlets are specially designed to cut the power supply if they sense moisture. If your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room where water flows has an older-style outlet without those buttons, schedule an appointment with the leading residential electrician in NYC, ACM Electrical Contractors, to have them replaced.

Install a Smoke Detector On Every Floor

And be sure to test them whenever you set the clock back or forward for daylight savings.

Schedule an Inspection with our Residential Electrical Contractors

For optimal safety and peace of mind, contact your licensed residential electricians at ACM Electrical Contractors to schedule a thorough inspection of all the electrical systems in your home. If you have any concerns or questions, bring them to our attention, so we can troubleshoot and make suggestions. Electrical repair is not a job for a DIYer so allow our licensed professionals to check your electrical panel, wiring, and other areas that would not be safe for you to check on your own. Electrical safety inspections by our residential electrical contractors will provide great peace of mind for you and your family and can serve as a value-add if you plan to sell your home in the near future.

To get started, contact our team at ACM Electrical Contractors today!