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Electrical Fire Safety Tips – How To Prevent Electrical Fires At Home

This is a very important and relevant topic, as electrical fires can cause serious damage and injuries to people and properties. In this blog, we will provide you with some useful information and tips on how to prevent electrical fires at home.


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Electrical Fire Safety Tips – How To Prevent Electrical Fires At Home


Electrical fires are one of the most common causes of home fires in Canada.



Electrical fires can be prevented by following some simple but effective safety tips. In this blog, we will share with you some of the best practices and recommendations from experts and professionals on how to prevent electrical fires at home.


Tip #1: Inspect and maintain your electrical system

One of the main causes of electrical fires is faulty or outdated wiring. Over time, wires can become worn, frayed, loose, or damaged by rodents, water, or heat. This can create sparks or overheating that can ignite nearby combustible materials. To prevent this, you should inspect and maintain your electrical system regularly. You should also hire a licensed electrician to do any electrical work or repairs in your home. Some signs that indicate you need to upgrade or repair your wiring include:

  1. Frequently blown fuses or tripped breakers

  2. Flickering or dimming lights

  3. Buzzing or sizzling sounds from outlets or switches

  4. Burning smells or scorch marks around outlets or switches

  5. Loose or warm outlets or switches

  6. Cracked or broken insulation on wires

Tip #2: Use electrical appliances and equipment safely

Another common cause of electrical fires is malfunctioning or misusing electrical appliances and equipment. These include kitchen appliances, heating and cooling units, power tools, extension cords, and power strips. To prevent electrical fires caused by these devices, you should follow these safety tips:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings when using any electrical appliance or equipment.

  • Unplug appliances and equipment when not in use or when leaving the house.

  • Avoid overloading outlets or circuits by plugging too many devices into one receptacle.

  • Use extension cords and power strips only temporarily and sparingly

  • Replace any appliance or equipment that has a damaged cord, plug, switch, or casing.

  • Keep appliances and equipment away from water sources or wet areas

  • Keep appliances and equipment away from flammable materials such as curtains, bedding, paper, or furniture.

Tip #3: Install and test smoke alarms and fire extinguishers

Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are essential devices that can help you detect and control electrical fires before they spread and cause more damage. Smoke alarms can alert you to the presence of smoke or fire in your home, while fire extinguishers can help you put out small fires before they get out of control. To prevent electrical fires with these devices, you should:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

  • Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.

  • Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Install fire extinguishers on every level of your home, near exits, and in areas where fires are more likely to occur, such as the kitchen, garage, or workshop.

  • Choose fire extinguishers that are suitable for electrical fires (Class C) or for multiple types of fires (ABC).

  • Learn how to use fire extinguishers properly by following the PASS method: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, Sweep from side to side.

  • Check your fire extinguishers monthly and recharge or replace them as needed.

Tip #4: Educate yourself and your family about electrical fire safety

The last but not least tip to prevent electrical fires at home is to educate yourself and your family about electrical fire safety. You should learn about the common causes and signs of electrical fires, as well as how to prevent them. You should also teach your children about the dangers of electricity and how to use it safely. Some of the things you can do to educate yourself and your family include:

  • Reading and following the safety tips and information provided by reputable sources, such as the NFID1, the NFPA, or the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department4

  • Watching and sharing educational videos and materials.

  • Taking online courses or quizzes, such as the ones offered by Premium Electric or Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

  • Practicing and reviewing your home fire escape plan with your family at least twice a year

  • Contacting your local fire department or electrical contractor for more advice or assistance

Watch out for these Electrical Fire Warning Signs

  • Flickering/dimming lights and light bulbs

  • Breakers that always trip

  • Fuses that always blow

  • Faulty extension cords

  • Old space heaters

  • Appliances that have a burning smell when they’re on, including the lights in a room

  • Discoloured wall outlets

  • Electrical outlets that spark

  • Faulty electrical appliances

  • Outlets and light switches that are hot when you touch them

  • A wall is abnormally hot

  • Outdated wiring

  • Loose plug retention in outlets – Do your cords stay plugged in?

By following these tips, you can prevent electrical fires at home and protect yourself, your family, and your property from harm. Remember, electrical fire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Stay safe and stress-free with Stress Free Electrical Ltd. 😊



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