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Electrical fires are responsible for approximately 500 deaths, and $1.3 billion in damages each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Every home and business has electrical wiring, and many of us do not give it much thought until it fails or a disaster such as fire strikes. Whether you have a new or an old structure, you could be at risk for an electrical fire. Knowing what hints to pay attention to could be the difference between saving your structure and even your life.

Here are three tips from fire restoration specialists in the Tri-Cities at Spotless Carpet Cleaners on how to keep your wiring system safe, and avoid fire in your home or business.

Pay attention to the dead switch

Do you ever incur an issue with an electrical outlet or switch? If you have one that never works or that has the occasional glitch, don’t ignore it. There could be a problem with the wiring, and ignoring the issue could result in a fire later on. You can purchase an electrical tester and test the outlet yourself, if you feel comfortable doing so, or hire a professional electrician to check it out.

Fix problems as you find them

Ever been in the middle of a remodel and noticed an empty socket or live wires hiding behind a wall or unused area of your home, crawlspace, or basement? When this happens, do not, we repeat – DO NOT side with the adage of “out of sight, out of mind,” because these problems need to be fixed. Plus, it is far easier to fix these when you can access them instead of having to tear into a newly remodeled wall.

Tend to the breaker box

Many of us have experienced the occasionally flipped breaker. This occurs when a circuit is overloaded but sometimes happens when there is a problem with the electrical system. If you find yourself resetting a breaker once a week or more, it probably is a good sign that you need to call an electrician. Otherwise, this problem could eventually spark a fire. Sometimes the fix can be as easy as replacing the specific problem breaker. However, an assessment by an electrician would identify the exact problem.

Electricity is something we take for granted, and can’t live without. Left unproperly maintained or repaired, electrical fires could devastate your home or business, or even result in physical harm or death. Pay attention to these small hints that a problem exists within your electrical system. When in doubt, always have your electrical system checked by a certified electrician.

Fire Restoration in Tri-Cities

At Spotless Carpet Cleaners, our technicians are qualified and certified to handle any disaster involving water or fire damage. We have decades of experience with water and fire restoration. We tackle the disaster for you, 24/7, so you can get on with your life.

Spotless Carpet Cleaners provides professional carpet, tile and hardwood floor cleaning, as well as water and fire restoration to homeowners and business in Kingsport, and Johnson City, Tennessee. To contact Spotless Carpet Cleaners, call (423) 926-9251.