Potential Fire Hazards That Most People Overlook

fire hazard light bulbMost homeowners know about the most obvious home fire hazards: overloading electrical outlets, burning food on the stove or in the oven, allowing flammable substances near heat sources, allowing lint to build up in the dryer, etc. But did you know that there are some other, less well-known causes of fires? Something you may be doing in your own home may be a huge fire risk. Are you ready for the answer? It's light bulbs. Surprising, right? You would hardly believe these tiny devices in thin cardboard boxes can actually cause fires. It should be known that light bulb product failures causing fires is not common. What is particularly common is overloading electrical devices. This happens when a high-wattage bulb is installed in a ceiling fixture or other electrical appliance that it does not suit. All electrical light appliances come with a tag or instruction booklet detailing the specific range of wattage--the power of a light source--it can support. That means you should only install light bulbs with a wattage in that range. Failure to follow these recommendations can result in high-wattage bulbs overworking a low-wattage appliance, which can cause a fire. The reason that a fire will happen is because the high-wattage bulb will require more electricity than the appliance is built to provide. When the appliance is overworked in this way, it can overheat. In most cases, electricity plus high heat results in an electrical fire. Electrical fires can often cause widespread damage in homes because water actually worsens them. Only a fire extinguisher can put out an electrical fire conclusively. Remember: just because a bulb fits, that does not mean it suits the appliance! Always be sure to check the appliance's wattage recommendations and consider using compact fluorescent light (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which emit less heat. While we want to assure you that home fire damage can be repaired and effectively reversed with the help of our contractor services, the best way to avoid fire damage to your home is to be as fire safe as possible. Home Fire Escape Plan
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