Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of home fires in the United States. Whereas some are the result of antiquated or damaged appliances and electrical systems, many are caused by user error or deliberate misuse of electrical equipment. Homeowners and tenants should take responsibility for using electrical appliances and equipment safely.
One of the areas to be most concerned with is an appliance in a small, enclosed area. For instance, many people keep a washer and dryer in a closet or small utility area. The dryer must have an appropriate-sized vent and be kept clear of detritus. In addition, the ducts must be securely connected at joints. Loose lint in the laundry room is combustible.
Appliance cords must be checked for frays and damage. They should also be situated away from damaging elements like working light bulbs and nails. Ruptures in cords are a frequent source of house fires. Cords should be out in the open, not covered with rugs or other items. Electrical outlets are also danger areas. Do not overload electrical outlets either in the number of things or in the types of appliances that are plugged in to each outlet.
Older appliances need repair and maintenance. Often it is best to replace an appliance that is not functioning properly. One of the first signs of danger for appliances is a funny smell, especially the odor of something burning. Tenants should talk to their landlords about replacing such appliances. It is in a homeowner’s best interest to have properly functioning appliances in his valuable property. Tenants should also carry renters insurance in case of an appliance-caused fire. The monthly payments are a small hedge against a possible total loss.
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