National Fire Prevention Week: 4 Preventative Home Safety Tips

Yesterday kicked off Fire Prevention Week! Established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this weeklong event aims to educate the public on the importance of fire safety and fire prevention. In support of this endeavor, we at Direct Energy have put together a few resources to help you address potential fire hazards within your home. To ensure the safety of your abode, follow these four home fire prevention tips:

  • Replace frayed wires. A frayed wire can give you a shock or spark a fire, especially if those wires are in the vicinity of carpeting or other flammable materials.
  • Keep cords clear. Placing furniture on top of cords or running cords under rugs or carpets is a fire hazard!
  • Replace aluminum wiring. Popular in the early ‘70s because of the low cost of materials, we’ve learned since then that aluminum wiring can easily overheat, burn into the wall, and catch your house on fire.
  • Use the correct circuit breaker size. If you’re using the wrong size circuit breaker, you’re allowing too much current to pass through wires before it trips your breaker. As a result, your wire may burst into flames.

To ensure you’re never left in the dark, visit our Home Comfort Center for more fire safety tips!