ELECTRICAL FIRES

Misguided nails are commone causes of electrical firesHave you ever seen sparks when you plugged something into one of your electrical outlets?  This past weekend, my 7-year old nephew saw sparks when I plugged in his electrical cord for his Ipad, and got a little worried thinking the house was going to catch on fire.  We spent the next hour on google learning more about why the sparks happen and whether or not it could lead to a fire.  Finally, after having me plug in other things around the house and not seeing sparks, he was a little more at ease, but this morning I was curious to know how common electrical fires are in the home and I thought I would share my findings.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there were over 47,700 home structural fires in 2011 resulting in 418 civilian deaths and over 1500 injuries. Property damages were more than $1.4 billion dollars.

Faulty and old circuit breakers and electrical outlets, overloaded outlets, damaged electrical cords and misguided nails and screws into wiring are common causes of electrical fires. Here are a few safety tips from the NFPA for us all to remember:

  • Have all electrical work performed by a qualified electrician
  • Only plug one heat producing appliance (ie: toaster, space heater, coffee pot) into a receptacle at a time
  • Do not plug major appliances such as refrigerator, dryers or air conditioners into extension cords
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on each light fixture

Also, call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
  • Any tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
  • A discolored or warm wall outlet
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
  • Sparks coming from an outlet

Fires disasters can still occur even if you take all the precautions, so if you or someone you know experiences a fire loss in your home, PHC Restoration is just a phone call away. Give us a call at 919-834-6523.

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What our clients are saying...

The word you use as a company motto is “compassion”.  Every one of you certainly live up to that motto every single day!  We felt it the first day we met Josh and every single day thereafter.  Thank you for a wonderful journey as you helped us put our lives and our home back together.  We are eternally grateful!

T. Robinson, Pittsboro

This letter is to let you all know what a fantastic job you all did on rebuilding and restoring our home.  Me, my son and wife congratulate you all for a perfect job.  Each and every employee who had anything to do with our house was so professional, polite and did everything we asked them to.  Job well done.  Thanks to you all, we can enjoy our new home for the rest of our lives.

Robbie L., Raleigh

PHC has demonstrated the skill, good judgement, and polite service.  Through their employees who are all trained to do their jobs very well with full dedication to customer satisfaction.  Thanks to all!

J. Oborne, Sanford

My assistant project manager was very helpful with decisions and kept us informed on the progress of repairs and changes.  Everyone that worked at our house was always courteous and helpful and did a superior job.  You have a great staff and we would recommend you to anyone.  We are enjoying our home.

G. Godwin, Benson

This is the second job PHC has done for us.  We are extremely pleased with all components of their work.  We are recommending PHC to ALL of our friends.

S. McFadyen, Vass

Given the situation we were dealing with, PHC came right in that evening and started clean-up.  PHC walked us through every aspect of our repairs/replacement.  They were amazing and made the entire process seamless.  Overall, we are thrilled with the final results.  I never imagined it would have turned out this beautiful.  PHC made this initial terrible experience and experience we will never forget.

S. Jones, Raleigh

Everyone was so friendly, courteous and knowledgeable.  Quality of work exceeded our expectations.  We have already highly recommended you guys to people we know.  Thanks for everything!

K. Vorbeck, Raleigh

I’m in the building trades and feel qualified to say that your crew was better than excellent in all phases.  By the end it felt more like a labor of love than a job contract.

J. Byrum, Chapel Hill

I could not ask for a better crew.  Everyone was professional and courteous.  My home even looks better than before!  I will recommend you to everyone I meet.

P. Smith, Sanford

Many thanks for the super fine job your crew did on my flood damage. You evaluated the damage and reacted quickly. Keep up the good work!

D. Lane, Fuquay-Varina

Thank you for taking care of our home repair in a timely manner. You were a pleasure to work with.

Mary, Fuquay Varina

Your company came to our rescue so rapidly when the accident occurred, which was a great relief. Your work has added value and pride to our home!

Judi and Geoffrey, Cary

Thank you for everything that you have done. I never imagined it would turn out so beautiful! Your crews are very courteous and kind. They’ve done an outstanding job.

Debbie, Spring Lake

We gratefully applaud your crews. Their work was top notch. They were polite, eager to answer questions, clean in their work and showed respect for our home. They work well together as a team.

R. Arcus, Durham

Just a note to thank you so very much for the great job you did in cleaning our church after it had been vandalized recently. Thank you so much for the prompt attention to our Church also! It meant a great deal to our Church Family to be able to have our regular Sunday services in the Sanctuary that day.

Christian Chapel Church

Your crew demonstrated professionalism throughout the restoration, were experienced and did a wonderful job in every aspect. The renovation turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined and I know we will enjoy it for many years to come.

F. Hinkson, Goldsboro

I am very happy to be back in my house. Thank you for making it possible within a reasonable amount of time. You certainly are to be commended for your professionalism.

Jo Anne, Kenly

On a scale of 1 to 10 your company is an 11! Everyone at our church is satisfied – not one complaint – all cheers! Everything was done as requested, on time, and above our expectations.

R. Strother, Franklinton

We are very pleased with the work done by Professional Home Care. Your thoroughness and consideration relieved us of many concerns and returned our home to its original state with a minimal amount of time and confusion.

J. Erdman, Pinehurst