Home fires caused by electrical malfunctions are responsible for dozens of deaths a year and billions of dollars in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
In 2019, the agency reported there were 24,200 fires caused by electrical malfunctions that resulted in 225 deaths and 1,050 injuries. Those fires caused $1.2 billion in property loss, USFA reported.
To prevent home electrical fires, the USFA recommends that you:
- Have electrical work done only by a qualified electrician
- Check your electrical cords. If they are cracked or damaged, replace them and do not try to repair them
- Don’t overload extension cords or wall outlets
- Never use extension cords with appliances (including small countertop appliances). Plug them directly into wall outlets
We hope these tips will help to keep your home protected from preventable electrical malfunctions. To ensure you get the right coverage for your home and auto insurance in Massachusetts, get a fast, free quote today to see if you could save!