Electrical Fire Prevention Guide

Electrical malfunctions are one of the leading causes of home fires everywhere. Electrical fires pose a particular threat to homes built before the 1950s; not only were the regulations less strict, but the power limit was also much lower. However, new homes can also be at risk of electrical fires due to incorrectly installed electrical wiring, overloaded circuits and defective outlets, among others. 

Our team of experts has put together a guide to ensure you have all the information you need to prevent electrical fires in your home. 

Warning Signs

The first step to prevent an electrical fire is to learn how to identify warning signs of possible electrical issues. These are some of the indications to look out for: 

  • Discolored outlets and cords. 
  • Dimming and/or flickering lights. 
  • Outlets and switches that are hot to the touch. 
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses. 

When in doubt, always contact a qualified electrician to examine and repair the problem before it becomes more serious. 

Keep Your Home’s Electrical System Safe

One of the best ways to avoid electrical fires in your home is to hire a licensed electrician for all your electrical work needs. However, there are also preventive measures you can take to keep your home and family safe:

  • Check your electrical cords and outlets often to ensure they are not damaged or overheating. 
  • Avoid overloading power strips and verify that the ones you own have internal overload protection. 
  • Appliances should always be plugged directly into the wall; don’t use extension cords to power them. 
  • Inspect and clean the lint filter in your clothes dryer regularly. Additionally, clear the dryer vent ductwork at least once a year. 

Electrical Services You Can Trust 

As a family-owned business since 1979, Dixie Electric, Inc. has grown to become one of the most recognized electrical contractors in the 4-State area. Our goal has always been to provide our customers with the best possible service, the highest quality materials, and capable, competent technicians who carry out their jobs in an efficient manner.Contact us for your electrical system needs across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia!