Thousands of people are injured and electrocuted every year as a result of electrical fires and accidents in the home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction caused an estimated average of 440 civilian deaths and 1.250 civilian injuries each year in 2012-2016, as well as an estimated $1.3 billion in direct property damage a year. To view the full report and key findings regarding home electrical fires, click here.
Did you know that electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for 50% of these fires? There are several contributing factors to these fires; damaged conductors and connectors, damaged wiring, frayed appliance cords, loose connections in wall outlets, and faulty switches and junction boxes. However, these home fires can easily be prevented by understanding basic electrical safety principles and practicing safe habits.