The month of March is usually when we start to feel the Philippine heat and humidity kicking back in after the chilly December and post-Christmas weather. Similarly, this month also brings in the highest number of house fires happening everywhere in the country.
According to a news article by PhilStar, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported 16, 382 fires last 2019, three-percent higher than the 15,848 fires recorded the previous year.
Additionally, they’ve cited that the top three culprits of fires remained the same: lighted cigarette butts, open flames due to torches or sulo, and lastly, on the top of the list is faulty electrical connections.
This brings in the importance of electrical fire safety. Here’s what you need to know on how you can
safely keep your property from electrical fire:
Regularly check your smoke alarms
There’s no doubt that prevention is the best way to go when combating house fires. This brings
in the importance of smoke detectors or fire alarms. Having one installed is good, but it is also
essential to regularly replace the batteries and keep your wiring in check.
Check your electrical wiring
The root cause of electrical fire is faulty wiring. One of the first indications of faulty wiring is
flickering light bulbs and switches. If you notice any of these in your home or office, get it
checked immediately to avoid corrosion or hot spots.
Replace old heating elements
Overheating appliances are fire triggers. Regularly replace outdated heating appliances to avoid overheating and short circuits, especially irons with cloth cords.
Check for loose outlets
Often overlooked, loose-fitting outlets can be a cause of fire. If you notice any loose outlet in
your home or office, get an experienced electrician to check and fix the outlet.
These are just a few ways on how you can fire-proof your electrical equipment at home. If you notice any of these issues in your home or office, make sure that you get an experienced professional to assist and fix it.
For commercial and industrial firms, it is also advisable to install energy monitoring systems that can help you detect any issues or possible issues in your property’s energy use.
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