Scary Statistics About Electrical Fires

House on fire due to electrical issues
Between 2005 and 2009, one in every 310 households in the United States reported having a fire. Nearly half of those fires occurred during the cool months between November and March. In the year 2007 alone, 510 children under the age of 15 were killed by fires, and nearly 1,900 more were injured. The scary fact is that fires can happen in any home, but Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® wants you to know that there are ways to protect yourself.

The Dangers of Electricity

It may surprise you to learn that home electrical systems cause over 50,000 fires every year, resulting in 490 deaths and more than 1,400 injuries. Most of these fires are preventable, but only if you know what steps to take to protect your family and home from electrical fire.

Only Trust the Professionals

Building codes are stricter now than ever before, and fires from new wiring are relatively rare. However, fires from faulty wiring that has been improperly fixed are still common. This includes plugs, receptacles, and switches that have been broken in the past and were repaired by a homeowner or another person who lacked the necessary skills and training. When you need electrical repair work done in your home, only trust a skilled, licensed Augusta electrician to perform the repairs.

Watch for Warning Signs

Most faulty wiring will give you a few warnings before it actually sparks into a fire. Watch for these signs so you can call for electrical maintenance at the first sign of problems.
  • Appliances or tools that overheat, cause small shocks, tend to short out, or that smoke
  • Recurring problems with a particular fuse blowing out or a circuit breaker tripping
  • An appliance that gives you a tingling feeling when touched
  • Discoloration or warm areas on wall outlets or switches
  • Flickering lights
  • Sparks from wall outlet
  • Outlets that are broken or cracked
Protect your family and avoid fires by trusting Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® with your electrical repairs and service. We have certified electrical technicians on staff, and we offer emergency services in case you need help right away. If you have concerns about the wiring in your home, call us today at (706) 914-1617  to schedule an appointment for service.