“Why are there so many home electrical fires when we have such a good electrical code?”

NFPA reports top three main hazards for home electrical fires

1. The first is degradation over time

– Degradation is just a natural consequence of being in use for a long time

– For homeowners, upgrade or have their system inspected

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2. The Second issue is there is more electrical load today

– The load today is more than what those electrical systems were designed to originally handle just a few decades ago

Most homes were not wired to use so much wattage. Homeowners are using more products that require a high electrical load including:

  • Fridge with freezer
  • Double Ovens
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster Oven/Broiler
  • Blender
  • Can opener
  • Deep fryer
  • Extra lighting
  • Electric fry pan, griddles, etc.
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3. The third issue is that homeowners have involved themselves in the wiring systems and have not followed code practices

– Many times these may be done by unskilled people leaving installations that did not meet the National Electric Code

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Electricity is the most powerful source inside the home. When we take it for granted, it’s dangerous!

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