A four year study by the National Fire Protection Association found 47,820 fires were caused by electrical failure. These fires caused hundreds of deaths and $1.5 billion in property damage.
Even if your home has smoke detectors, they’ll do nothing to extinguish a dangerous fire. If you’re cooking and grease ignites, water won’t help put it out. Or, if you have a faulty circuit breaker, a fire could begin to brew from your laundry room— out of sight.
Electricity is something so commonplace, such a standard part of our daily lives, that we become complacent and take it for granted. We don’t think about the dangers of electrocution and electrical fire. Unfortunately, these are very real dangers that can injure, kill, and destroy property.
As summer looms and temperatures begin to rival the surface of the sun, Southwest Floridians know one thing for sure: their energy bills will probably soar as high as the thermometer.
If you call Southwest Florida your home for the winter, but head North for the rest of the year, you know there’s lots to think about before migrating North in the spring. Here’s a list of some things you’ll want to be sure to check off before making the trek.
Hiring an unlicensed electrician or general “handyman” to do electrical work in your home could leave you in the dark— or worse. Sure, the price may be right, at first, but the risks are great – including short circuits, damage to appliances, fire hazards, not to mention the risks related to an unlicensed worker getting injured on your property!
You’re the kind of person who understands the importance of preparedness. You’ve seen a hurricane or five, and you know that you have your food and water supply, your medications, your evacuation plan, and your first aid kit. Your pets are microchipped. Your tires are full. Your important computer files are backed up. And your standby generator is ready to go.
Southwest Florida has already experienced a significant hurricane this season, but it doesn’t mean that it’s time to let your guard down. The potential for severe weather is still present. With that in mind, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe and out of harm’s way. It’s best to think of preparations now, because if your mind is in a fog, the opportunity to be ready for a severe storm could be mist!