How To Put Out An Electrical Fire

House fires caused by electricity can be very severe and damaging.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), electrical malfunctions accounted for 6.8% of all residential fires in 2018. While that number doesn’t seem very big, electrical fires are much more dangerous and far worse than other types of fires. They not only cause twice the amount of damage, but they also cause more injuries and more deaths than non-electrical fires.

common causes of electrical fires

There can be several contributing factors to what causes electrical fires. Some of those causes include:

  • Poor maintenance
  • Old equipment and/or appliances
  • Not keeping up with safety codes
  • Outdated electrical wiring
  • Overloaded cords and circuits
  • Light fixtures
  • Portable heaters

how to put out an electrical fire

Electrical fires often start in electric wires, circuit breakers, cables, and within electrical components. Knowing how to deal with an electrical fire may not only save your home, but the lives of you and your family as well.

There are 5 things we recommend you do if faced with an electrical fire:

  • Call 911
  • Disconnect all electronics
  • Use baking soda
  • Don’t put fire out with water
  • Call the professionals

We go into more detail here:

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Weeks Service Company Is Here For All Your Electrical Needs

To prevent future electrical fires, it’s always a good idea to schedule routine electrical safety inspections. The pros at Weeks Service Company are here to help. Give us a call today at 281-738-1362 or contact us online here.