3 Hidden Electrical Fire Hazards in Your Home

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Electrical fires are the No. 3 cause of residential blazes — and most of them can be prevented. (DepositPhotos)

Electronic appliances, equipment and wiring keep our homes lit, cool and connected. But these same luxuries can create hazards and cause electrical fires, serious injuries and property damage.

Fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction are the third leading cause of accidental home structure fires, ranked just behind heating equipment and cooking-related blazes.

This should concern every homeowner because 79% of these fires spread beyond the source, claiming not just rooms, but entire homes and even neighbors’ homes.

The good news is most electrical fires are preventable — as long as you know what to look for and then do something about it.

Here are three hidden causes of electrical fires and how to prevent them.


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A smoky outlet is a sure sign of electrical malfunction. The solution is an arc-fault circuit interrupter.(©jivimages, Adobe Stock Photos)

1. Pinched Wires

An electrical cord on the floor may conflict with your home décor, but running it under a rug just removes one problem and creates another one.

People will walk on the hidden cord, causing it to bend and pinch. This

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