Avoiding Electrical Fires During Winter

Mister Sparky Electrician Houston shows how an electrical repair issue can cause an electrical outlet fire.

It’s obviously no coincidence that more electrical problems, especially electrical fires, occur during the colder, winter months. In fact, it’s estimated that over 28,000 house fires ignite in the U.S. each year because of electrical issues – with most of these occurring in December, January, and February.

A majority of these sometimes-fatal catastrophes can be attributed to faulty electrical systems, as well as common unawareness about the dangers of using space heaters and other heating devices improperly. It really comes down to one simple reminder: plug it straight into the wall! Avoid using extension cords for not only portable heaters, but for any appliance in your home.

As colder temperatures become more frequent, homeowners will resort to space heaters as a means to keep a room warm while trying to avoid a high utility bill, using an extension cord to move the heater around to different areas of the house. Because a typical space heater consumes between 750 and 1,000 watts, oftentimes they will cause extension cords to melt and spark before the circuit breaker can trip.

Out of all of the reported heating-related fires from 2007-2011, space heaters accounted for a total of one-third (33%). Not only that, but four out of five (81%) deaths, more than two-thirds (70%) of injuries, and half (51%) of the property damage were also attributed to this lack of safe home electrical practices.

The correlation between electrical fires and home heating definitely deserves your attention, and is something Mister Sparky electricians want to dramatically decrease. Be conscious of any potential electrical hazards and take the proper precautions to ensure that there is no possibility of a fire ever starting.

If you need extra outlets installed, faulty wiring checked, or just want peace of mind that all of your electrical systems are functioning the way they should, give us a call at 713-428-2120 today. Stay warm!

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