When it comes to the damage done by electrical fires every year, the numbers are staggering.  Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires. These fires cause an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125 injuries, and $1.1 billion in property loss.  In fact, homeowners lose more money every year as a result of electrical fires than nonelectrical fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. You can even lose your entire home – or worse – because of a bad electrical fire.

Electrical fires are caused by such things as defective appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, misuse of electrical appliances, overloading circuits, and extension cords. The fires caused by faulty wiring can get out of control before you know it. These fires can be difficult to put out because they’re often burning behind walls.

The following safety tips will help you avoid an electrical fire in your home:

Finally, to protect your family and your home, the most important thing to do is ensure your home has been equipped with a monitored home fire alarm system with radio backup monitoring.  If an electrical fire erupts when no one is home, your stand-alone smoke detectors may sound an alarm, but who’s going to hear it? Even the best home fire alarm system is ineffective if it can’t reach the central monitoring facility and alert your provider.  With radio backup communications, your security system will remain functional and able to send an alarm signal when help is needed.

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