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Many of us know the most common fire hazards in a home. Smoking and associated practices, like falling asleep with a lit cigarette or leaving a cigarette burning in an ashtray, is a major source of home fires. Careless cooking practices, especially while frying, also cause many home fires each year. Despite the danger of these practices, most people are aware of the risk that they pose, so they are generally fairly cautious when it comes to those things.
While it is a good idea to be conscious of the common fire starters, the danger often lies with the fire hazards that we are less familiar with. There are fire hazards around every corner, and we need to be aware of them if we want to prevent them.
#1- Christmas Lights
Some fire dangers are seasonal. The winter cold makes many of us turn to alternate forms of home heating to save money. These small-scale heating options, such as space heaters and fire places, can be energy-efficient, but they also create additional fire hazards. People are generally aware of the dangers posed by space heaters and fireplaces, though.
People are less aware of dangers that come in pretty holiday packages. As festive as they are, holiday lights prove a major seasonal fire hazard. Lights on outdoor trees, the exterior of the home or around windows can create heat and ignite small areas that can grow into major fires. Live trees prove the most dangerous fire source when it comes to Christmas lights, though. As live trees lose moisture, the dry wood and pines become more prone to catching fire due to contact with hot lights. It’s important to keep trees hydrated inside the home by supplying water at the base to minimize the fire hazard.
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A possible fire hazard in your home could very well include your electrical connections. Many people overlook this prevalent source of potential danger and often don’t consider it until it’s too late. A thorough electrical home inspection conducted by a homeowner and a professional electrician can help to prevent fire as well as electrical damage.
Outlets, Switches, and Wall Plates
Outlets that have exposed wiring or connection points may indicate a possible source of electrical fire. Old outlets can be replaced and updated, as well as their related wall plates. Wall plates that are cracked or broken can expose wiring, which should always be covered and properly secured. Light switches that are hot to touch or make noise can also be a cause for concern. Faulty light switches may indicate an internal problem with loose connections or bad contacts, which can lead to an electrical fire.
While it may seem like common sense, electrical cords should be in good condition when in use. Frays and other noticeable damages are a possible hazard. Cords should not be placed over furniture, under rugs or carpeting, or attached in some way to the wall or floor. Extension cords, as well, have the same associated potential dangers, and they are not meant to be used permanently. If more outlets and likewise more electrical capacity are needed, it is vitally important to meet those needs that your home’s electrical usage requires. Inadequate electrical capacity can lead to a power surge that can cause a fire or at least serious damage to large appliances and other devices.