Attics and Crawl Spaces
Inaccessible attics and crawl spaces are easy to forget about, but 13% of electrical fires start in these neglected spaces. Electrical failure or malfunction account for about 88% of these fires.
If you live in an older home, suspect dubious DIY electrical work, or want reassurance that everything is in order, hire a professional, licensed electrician to check it out and address issues. While electrical problems can be expensive to fix, the cost of neglecting it can be devastating.
Laundry rooms are where 4% of residential fires begin, with dryers being the culprit of 92% of laundry room fires.
Fortunately, preventing laundry fires is simple for the most part:
- Don’t overload your washer or dryer or pack items down. Instead, leave room for laundry to tumble. Follow your machine manufacturer’s recommendations for capacity.
- Clean the lint screen and drum between loads to prevent buildup.
- About once a year, clean the dryer exhaust vent and ducts.
- Replace plastic venting material with flexible metal venting material.
- Ensure that your appliances are plugged into outlets with the proper voltage