Common Causes of Electrical Fires
are often caused by old wiring, damaged appliances and using too many extension
In this week’s blog at
Electrical Services Ltd we are looking at the common causes for
electrical fires in homes and how to prevent them. Old and Bad Wiring
One of the most common causes of electrical fires is when
the wiring in a property is old, damaged or installed poorly. Some signs that
the wiring in your home might be old or damaged include:
Crackling or Buzzing
Sounds Burning Smells Scorch Marks
Houses built more than 20 years ago are more likely to have
frayed or loose wiring that could spark and cause a fire. An older electrical
circuit was not designed to meet the modern demands for energy, so it will need
updating by a professional electrician.
Worn Outlets and Faulty Appliances
Older appliances are more likely to have worn or outdated
wiring that is not safe to use. The construction, materials and safety
regulations of outdated appliances such as toasters make them a high risk for
Faulty sockets and outlets that have not been updated
recently are also more likely to spark and create a fire. Scorch marks around
or on them will indicate whether the wiring is loose or outdated. These outlets
need to be inspected regularly and updated and replaced by specialists if they
are worn or damaged.
Many homes that are more than 20 years old do not have
enough outlets for all your technology and equipment. Most homeowners have
several phones, a television, tablet, laptops and more to charge every day.
If there are not enough outlets, you probably use extension
cables in most rooms. This is fine as a temporary measure, but they could
overheat, wear out the system, and cause a fire in the long term. This issue
can be solved by installing additional wall sockets, so there is no need for
Get in Touch
Contact our team at Worthy Electrical Services Ltd in
Dulwich for more information about how you can prevent these common causes of
electrical fires in your home. Call us on
8674 2098 or 07963 071685 or
alternatively, please send us a message via the contact form for a prompt response.
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