Fire from electrical appliances malpractice

The electrical fire is one of the common causes of fire happening anywhere especially at housing areas. Nowadays, there are many so-called ‘genius’ whose creating their own electrical wiring based on studying informally from any non accredited resources. In the United States of America, there are many cases related to electrical fire and some of them causing death. Here are a few causes of the electrical fire that is being highlighted by firefighting 101.

1. Faulty outlets, appliances

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles, and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire. The reason appliances have the extra prong is so they can be only used in outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity that these appliances draw.

2. Light fixtures

Light fixtures, lamps, and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount. Another cause of the fire is placing materials like cloth or paper over a lampshade.
The material heats up and ignites, causing a fire. Faulty lamps and light fixtures also frequently result in fires.

3. Extension cords

Misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into the outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.

4. Wiring

Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves and air conditioners. Breakers should be triggered when circuits get overloaded by too much electricity, but outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, causing the system to overload and start an electrical fire.
Hence, we can see that most of the causes are anthropogenic which is man caused. Everything comes from awareness and this is the gist for every problem.
People used to follow rules when there is enforcement but when there is no one to uphold the rules, they can do whatever they want as long as it can be operated. At an industrial place like factories, the owner will follow the rules to prevent them from being compounded by authorities, but when it comes to housing areas, there is not much enforcement after the house is finished so they will do anything they want. People awareness and common sense play a big part in dealing with electrical fire causes.
Thus, it already becomes our responsibility to spread this awareness and think wisely before doing something that can harm us and people surround us. Knowledge is not meant to be kept but it is meant to be spread to others so it can be beneficial for all mankind.
“Work smart, think safety”