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Young Electric Fire Prevention Tips
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Young Electric Fire Prevention Tips

It’s late at night, you’ve finally fallen asleep and that annoying CHIRP, CHIRP sound begins. You know exactly what it is because it always happens this way. Your fire alarm begins to sing its ‘battery needs replacement’ song of warning that you’ve loved to hate. You get up and know you don’t have replacement batteries in the home so you decide to just disconnect the alarm because you just want to sleep. Avoid this and other situations in the future by following the fire prevention tips in this article.

Test And Replace Your Smoke Alarm Batteries
Test your fire alarm batteries monthly and replace the batteries yearly. Have trouble remembering? Set a reminder on your phone and/or calendar. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with no or nonfunctioning smoke alarms.

Smoke Alarms Throughout the Home
We recommend having at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, outside of each sleeping area and in every bedroom.

Limit Your Use of Extension Cords
If you rely heavily on extension cords to get power to various items in your home it is a sign that your home needs installation of additional outlets. EFSI estimates that 3,300 home fires originate from extension cords each year.

Replace Smoke Alarms
According to the U.S. Fire Administration it is recommended to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. You can find the manufacture date code on the back of the alarm.

Schedule an Electrical Systems Home Inspection

47,700 home fires in the United States are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year. If your circuit breakers frequently get tripped it is a sign of a circuit overload. We highly recommend scheduling a licensed electrician to check your home’s electrical systems to help diagnose the issues that need to be corrected.

If you need our expert electricians to help inspect your home to give you peace of mind, contact us today and schedule an appointment. Remember Young Electric has Wichita’s Safest Electricians!