Common Causes of Electrical Fires

Preventing a fire in your home is possible through safe measures implemented around the home. However, so often, people forget the electrical components of their home which causes many fire risks in the process. You need a DC electrician to help you prevent electrical fires and provide you with the comforts one deserves in their home. Some of the most common types of fires involving your electrical components include:

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·    Short Circuits: A limited short circuit and a dead short circuit are both potential problems for a homeowner.  Limited short circuit causes electrical flows through material that is too shallow in volume, eventually causing the wiring to melt and cause troubles. This may cause combustibles to ignite. Dead short circuits happen when there is a live wire connected to a ground wire. This will cause the circuit to blow or worse, a fire.

·    Overloaded Circuits: High electrical currents flowing through wires can cause an overloaded circuit. It is not often a problem, but can turn quickly into a disastrous situation.

·    Leaking Current: When an electrical current is exposed to water for an extended period of time, it builds leakage of the current. When the current’s charge increases, heat increases and causes an increased risk of combustion.

These issues are some of the biggest causes of electrical fires in a home. These problems can quickly devastate a home very quickly and cause so many troubles in the process. It doesn’t matter if you live in a single-family home, a townhome, a mobile home, aloft, an apartment, or other dwelling unit, it is imperative that you pay attention to these risks and others. Have a certified, licensed electrician inspect the wiring in your home at least once per year and address any issues found immediately.