Tips to Prevent Electrical Fire

Tips to Prevent Electrical Fire

The following tips can help identify a potential fire hazard and help prevent an electrical fire in your home or business:

  1. Inspect electrical wiring: Have your electric wiring checked to prevent electrical fires. Wiring does not last forever, so it is a good idea to have your wiring checked if your home is more than 10 years old.
  2. Check and replace old wiring: If a power cord or your home’s wiring is frayed, worn out or tattered, consider either repairing the wiring or completely replacing it to prevent an electrical fire.
  3. Check the plugs on electrical appliancesLike wiring, plugs can fray and rip. Broken plugs are not only a shock hazard, but they can also spark or overheat, causing an electrical fire.
  4. Don’t overload your home’s electrical outlets: A home’s electrical circuits can only provide so much electricity to each outlet at one time. When overloading an outlet, you can cause the outlet to spark and potentially start an electrical fire. 
  5. Keep flammable materials awayElectrical appliances or outlets that come into contact with flammable materials, such as a blanket, the rug or cleaning supplies, may trigger a fire.
  6. Use surge protectors: Surge protectors help protect appliances and anything else plugged into an outlet from dangers posed by a power surge. A power surge can increase the amount of electricity flowing to your outlet and overload the outlet, causing the appliance to spark. A surge protector will help prevent this potential fire hazard.
  7. Be wary of certain appliances: If an appliance blows a fuse, trips a circuit, or sparks while being used, unplug the appliance immediately, and check to see if it needs to behave it repaired or replaced.

Fire Safety Tips

Home Fire Safety Tips

General Safety Tips

  • Keep matches out of the reach of children
  • Do not overload electrical sockets or run electrical cords under carpets
  • Install smoke detectors in your home
  • Take care with portable heat generating appliances such as irons, kettles and heaters
  • Develop and practice an escape plan – plan two ways out of every bedroom
  • Never use flammable liquids for starting braai fires or to remove stains from clothing

Know what to do if a fire occured

  • Display your local Fire Department telephone number near the phone then learn it
  • Crawl low in smoke
  • Never open a door that is hot to the touch
  • Wake everybody in the house
  • If your clothing catches fire – STOP, DROP, ROLL
  • Have a safe place to meet out of the house
  • Never re-enter the house for pets or personal belongings
  • Tackle the fire if it is safe to do so

Equity Fire Solutions conducting a site survey

The Equity Fire Solutions team were on the road again conducting a site survey before installing a fire protection system.