How to Tell If You Need a Professional Electrician

Home energy efficiency

If you are like most homeowners, you like to take care of as much as you can on your own. There are a lot of repairs that homeowners can manage on their own. There are times when you really need to bring in a professional to help with your repairs. Sometimes you can do more damage to your home when you try to do your electrical repairs yourself. Electrical work is one area where you may need to bring in a contractor. United States fire departments responded to about 47,700 home structure fires that involved some kind of electrical failure or malfunction that caused the fires in 2011. Still many homeowners are not sure when to call a professional electrician.

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5 Common Causes of Structural Electrical Fires and How to Prevent Them

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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.

  1. 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
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