Upgrading the breaker box could avoid a costly fire in your home.
There’s a nonprofit organization, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFI) that keeps statistics on home electrical fires. Who knew, right?
USFI estimates that there are about 51,000 home electrical fires every year, resulting in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage. That’s pretty sobering.
Sure, something such as a lightning strike can cause a fire but so many of these tragic losses are preventable, if homeowners would only do a few things to make their homes safer.
For example, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that electrical receptacles are a factor in 5,300 fires annually. Problems with 110-115 volt “outlets” as we commonly call them, are likely less of a factor if you own a newer home. More on that later.
If you have an older home, you’re probably more at risk for having an outdated electrical system overall with insufficient amperage,... Continue Reading