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Household Electrical Fires

Electrical fires can occur unexpectedly and when no one is around to catch them early, potentially causing a significant amount of damage and injury. There are a number of malfunctions and configurations that can cause sudden electrical fires. Knowing the most common causes of electrical fires and preventative steps to take can greatly reduce the risk of electrical accidents in your home.

If you have been the victim of an electrical fire, someone may be legally responsible for your injuries and damages to your property. For more information on injury liability and compensation, contact the Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, at (800) 242-2874.

Recognizing Potential Causes of Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are often the result of unsafe electrical conditions around the home. Any of the following could increase the risk of an electrical fire:

  • Exposed wires
  • Incorrectly wired cords and appliances
  • Plugging too many items into a single socket or connecting multiple electrical adapters together
  • Using the wrong size fuse
  • Using a light bulb that does not match the specified wattage requirements
  • Damaged wires, plugs, or sockets

Electrical Fire Prevention Tips

To minimize the risk of an electrical fire in your home, consider taking the following actions:

  • Promptly replace exposed or damaged wires, plugs, and sockets.
  • For every household appliance, follow the operation instructions in the appliance manual.
  • Do not connect multiple adapters or surge protectors together.
  • Double-check the specifications of all electrical appliances, such as fuses and bulbs.
  • Keep a class ABC fire extinguisher in a place that is accessible to all residents. Test the extinguisher at least once a month.

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If you or someone you know has been hurt by an electrical fire, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine who is legally responsible for the fire and hold them accountable for any injuries and damages. For more information and assistance with preparing your personal injury case, contact the experienced Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874.