Date Published: 2023/06/12
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Did you know that electrical issues are one of the primary causes of house fires in Canada? A lack of electrical maintenance and poorly installed electrical equipment can cause a fire that not only severely damages the house structure, but can lead to injuries and in some unfortunate instances, even death.
Here is a useful guide for preventing house fires of this kind.
In addition to maintenance, there are some habits you could adopt that would reduce the risk of fire in your home. Here are a few important ones:
It’s important to keep in mind that when houses are built, they are built to a certain electrical safety code. So, naturally, as time changes, needs change, and what was once considered within this certain safety code, may no longer be considered safe. Not to mention, wiring and other materials connected to your home’s electrical system can also wear and deteriorate over time, and if you happen to be adding more load to the deteriorating system, you’re creating a system that could lead to an electrical fire.
This is why maintenance is key in prevention. Here are some things that should be checked on regularly:
It is a good idea to make sure you have the correct wiring in your house, especially if your house has changed. There are circuit breakers and fuses to help avoid overloads, but it is important that the wire size is what it is supposed to be.
Motors, lights, and switches can ignite a fire if there is a lot of dust or the right combination of dust and other things in the air. It is a good idea to contact an electrical contractor to determine if you need explosion or ignition proof components.
Preventative maintenance is another area where you can prevent fires. Check receptacles and switches regularly, as well as the wiring for signs of wear and deterioration. A trained technician can use thermal infrared imaging to find hot spots that may be lurking inside your house.
While prevention is the best policy when it comes to avoiding fires, they may still happen. This is why it is a good idea to make sure you have the insurance you need, to protect your home and your family. Contact us today to make sure that you have the correct coverage.