There are so many things that can make your home unsafe, which is why we want to share these tips with you to protect your family. If you notice any of the problems mentioned, make sure you call JM Electric. Our expert electricians have been keeping Denver residents safe for more than 20 years.
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“Every once in awhile, we hear of cases where (homeowners) weren’t at home at the time of the fire,” said Kraig Herman, public education specialist for the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner. In some cases, those unexpecting people are on vacation when they get the call with the tragic news.
With most of these types of fires, he said, being “electrical in nature,” caused by such things as power surges or lightning strikes, he offers the following ways you can protect your home:
One easy but important task Herman recommends you do before leaving: “Any appliances that can be unplugged, unplug them.”
Contact an electrician
Does your breaker blow when you use a certain outlet, or plug too many things into that outlet?
According to Herman, “That’s a sign that there’s an electrical problem somewhere.”
In the case there is faulty wiring that could trigger a fire while you’re away, he suggests you call an electrician to come and check things out before you leave.
If a fire does break out …
Despite all of your preparations, in the case a fire still gets started in your home while you’re away, Herman advises you make sure your smoke alarms have working batteries, so that a close neighbor or someone walking by can hear it and call first responders before the blaze gets too out of hand.
Also, he encourages homeowners to consider equipping their home with sprinkler systems.
“It’s really not as expensive as some might think,” he said. Especially if it means protecting your home.
He said a do-it-yourself option could be as little as $500, while a contractor price to outfit your home with the sprinklers may be around $1,000 to $2,000.
Also, it is a misconception that all sprinklers would go off at the same time, which could cause unnecessary and significant water damage. According to Herman, only the sprinkler closest to the fire is triggered.”