Protecting You and Your Home From Electrical Fires

October 4-10, 2015 is National Fire Prevention Week, a national observance sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. During the week, many schools and communities will offer educational programs and messages on fire prevention, centered around this year’s theme: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

According to the NFPA, in cases where home fires were large enough to set off a smoke alarm, battery powered alarms, which are found in many homes, only operated 79% of the time, while hardwired smoke alarms operated 93% of the time. A properly installed hardwired smoke alarm can literally save your life!

Electrician Express can install hardwired smoke detection devices in your Genesee County home. These devices can have a battery backup in case the power goes out, giving you protection and peace of mind. Like the NFPA, we recommend installing devices in every bedroom in your home, since half of all home fire deaths happen between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., while most people are sleeping.

At Electrician Express, we are all about safety. We know all too well that shoddy electrical work can result in home fires, with disastrous consequences. Between the years 2007 and 2011, an average of 47,800 homes per year experienced an electrical fire, resulting in 450 deaths and $1.5 billion in property damage, according to the NFPA. Much of that damage could have been prevented by having electrical repairs, maintenance, and installation done by an expert in residential electrical services.

If you have electrical work in your home that you suspect might be a fire hazard, such as loose wiring, fuses that regularly blow or trip, outlets or switches that feel warm, or flickering or dimming lights, call Electrician Express, and we can send out one of our experienced residential electricians to assess the situation in your Genesee County home.

For additional preventative protection against electrical fires, we recommend installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in your kitchen, all bathrooms, the laundry area, and outdoors. We also recommend replacing conventional circuit breakers with Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs). Conventional circuit breakers are found in most homes built before 2000.

Don’t wait to address electrical issues that could put your home at risk; contact Electrical Express today!saf

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