According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,500 are injured in house fires in the U.S. Direct property loss due to house fires is estimated at $7.3 billion annually.
At Oak Electric, we offer customers a Free Electrical Safety Inspection while we are on the job. It includes a visual inspection of service panels, main service cables and ground system; testing of GFCI receptacles; location and testing of smoke detectors; and other preventive checks.
Among the biggest fire potentials in the home are faulty electrical wires, plugs and panels and the misuse of electrical outlets and extension cords. Plugging multiple extension cords together or having multiple power strips linked together and plugged into one outlet will overload the circuit and increase the potential for problems.
We also recommend not plugging appliances into old screw-in light bulb adapters in places where there are no wall outlets available. If the cord isn’t plugged in all the way, it can result in poor electrical contact that causes arcing which can result in fire.
If you have had flooding at your house this season, be sure to have us check your electrical service panels for damage you may not be aware of.
Oak Electric Service is one of southeast Michigan’s leading electrical contractors. We are standing by to answer all of your residential and commercial electrical questions. Be sure to ask about our “Free Electrical Safety Inspection.” Give us a call at (800) 964-7070. We invite you to visit our website at www.oakelectric.com to learn more about us.