Each year, $1.5 billion in property damage is caused by electrical fires. It was estimated that in 2011 alone, 47,700 of the home structure fires reported to fire departments could be linked to electrical failure or malfunction. Not all fires can be prevented, but structural electrical fires are one of the easiest to take preventative measures against.
The following are five of the leading causes of structural electrical fires and steps you can take to prevent them in your home and office.
- Light fixtures are one of the most common causes of electrical fires. Roughly half of all non-confined electrical home structure fires that occurred in the U.S. between 2007 and 2011 involved lighting or electrical distribution as the igniting equipment. Of the home structure fires caused by lighting equi Continue reading