Faulty Outlets & Appliances
Very often, electrical fires are caused by faulty faulty electrical outlets and outdated appliances. Many fires are also caused by faults in appliance receptacles, cords and switches. You should never use appliances with frayed or worn cords that can send heat onto combustible surfaces like curtains, floors or rugs that can start a fire.
Another cause of electrical fires is running cords under rugs, as well as removing the grounding plug from cords in order to be used in a two-prong electrical outlet.
Light fixtures, light bulbs and lamps are another very common reason for electrical fires. It is also very dangerous to install a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the light fixture or lamp. Ensure that you check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on your lighting fixture or lamp and do not go over the recommended amount.
Fires are easily caused by misuse of extension cords. Your appliances should be plugged directly into the outlet and not into an extension cord. You should only use an extension cord temporarily. If you do not have the right type of outlets to power your appliances, rather hire an electrician to install them for you.
Because a space heater is portable, people will often put them too close to combustible surfaces like curtains, clothing, beds, chairs or couches. Coil space heaters are extremely dangerous in this regard because the coils are so hot, they will almost instantly ignite any nearby flammable surface.
Electrical fires are often caused by outdated wiring. If your home is more than twenty years old, the wiring may not be able to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances we have in today’s average home, like wide-screen televisions, computers, video and gaming players and air conditioners.
Mackantra Engineering Projects is a registered level two BEE rated firm of fire protection engineers. We specialise in fire suppression and detection system design, installation, maintenance and commissioning. For more information, visit our website on www.mackantra.co.za or contact us on 011 794 2285.