House fires are one of the scariest and most devastating things any Boronia homeowners can experience. Not only can they devastate your property, but there’s also the risk of extreme injury to you and your family.
Electrical fires can seemingly come out of nowhere, and there are several ways that an electrical fire can start. Prevention is the best course of action to take against these tragedies. But there are several things that can cause electrical fires that may not be obvious to the average Boronia homeowner.
Preventing Electrical Fires
According to CFA Victoria, an estimated 40% of house fires reported to fire departments in the Victoria were the result of some kind of electrical failure or malfunction that resulted in ignition (in 2018). Many of these fires lead to injuries and deaths, and they are caused by any number of electrical components, including:
- Wiring and related equipment
- Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs
- Faulty appliances
- Cords and plugs
- Transformers and power supplies
Preventing electrical fires in Boronia is as simple as making sure that your electrical system is safe. But for many, that’s not a cut-and-dry task. The first step toward making sure you’re not in danger is familiarising yourself with these common warning signs.
Old or Outdated Wiring
Most electrical wiring has a lifespan of around thirty to forty years. But, around a third of homes in Victoria are more than fifty years old. If your Boronia home’s wiring is outdated or worn, you’ll notice some problems that you shouldn’t ignore.
- Circuit breakers tripping repeatedly
- Fuses frequently blowing
- Over-reliance on extension cords
These are all meant to be temporary solutions and if they’re a regular part of your home life, you’re probably at risk of an electrical fire and need to have your home’s wiring updated.
During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminium wiring was commonplace. Unfortunately, aluminium very quickly oxidises, which can lead to corrosion. This kind of wiring is adequate for a short time. But it does not have lifespan that copper wiring does, and once corroded, it’s only a matter of time before an electrical fire occurs.
You may need to have your entire Boronia home re-wired, or you may only need to have copper installed at the power receptacles and breakers. Either way, it’s important that you have a professional electrician like CJ Electrical Solutions inspect your wiring and make sure that your Boronia home is safe.
Arc faults occur when electrical current veers from its intended path. This is a leading cause of electrical fires.
Arc faults can be caused very easily. They may occur because a tree falls on a power line during a storm, or because wiring has been damaged inside your walls while moving furniture, or there may simply be a loose connection in an outlet.
Regardless of the cause, arcs can produce temperatures of more than 5,500°C, but fortunately, they are preventable. Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) can detect arcs and cut off the circuit before it overheats. AFCIs can prevent anywhere between 50% and 75% of fires caused by arc faults.
If you’re unsure of whether you have AFCIs where you need them in your home, call CJ Electrical Solutions for an electrical safety inspection. Especially if you live in an older home, these devices could easily prevent a disaster.