Top 5 Common Causes of Electrical Fires

Did you know that statistics show that there are around 51,000 electrical home fires every year? Resulting in property damage of over $1 billion. In order to know how to prevent them, it’s first important to know what the most common reasons are for electrical fires. These are the 5 most common reasons for electrical fires and some tips on how to prevent them.


One of the most common reasons electrical fires start are because of faulty outlets or appliances. If any of your appliances are outdated, old, or have any worn or torn wiring it’s in your best interest to dispose of those as using them may cause an electrical fire.  Also, outlets that aren’t properly grounded are another common cause of electrical fires. It’s important to keep an eye on outlets and appliances and replace the ones that are worn or loose!

Light Fixtures

Different types of light fixtures in your home are another common cause of electrical fires. Whenever you’re installing light bulbs into lamps or light fixtures, be sure to check the maximum recommended bulb wattage and use the correct watts because anything too high may cause a fire. Don’t place anything over lampshades like a cloth or paper to also help avoid electrical fires.

Electrical Circuit Overloads

When it comes to extension cords, it’s best not to plug all of your big appliances into one cord. For example, avoid plugging your TV, computer, lamp, wifi router, etc. into one plug as it might not be designed to handle that much power at once. This could result in a serious fire. If you need extra outlets, contact an electrician and schedule them to come out and install more outlets in your home. 

Space Heaters

Although space heaters aren’t currently needed amidst this Alabama heat, in the wintertime you might find yourself starting to use one. When using a space heater, be mindful of where you place it, avoid putting it near rugs, curtains, beds, etc. and do not leave it running or unattended for long periods of time.

Outdated Wiring

Depending on when your home was built, it might have faulty or outdated wiring. If your home is over 20 years old it’s best to call a professional electrician to come and check it out just to be on the safe side. Outdated wiring may not be able to handle all of the electrical appliances you have in your home and could lead to a fire. 

When hiring Xcalibur Services for your electrical service needs, our wiring and rewiring experts will handle the entire process for you. Whether you need one room rewired or require new wiring installed throughout the entire property, our team of electricians has the skills and tools to get the job done right! (205) 628-8724


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