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Top 5 Causes of Electrical Fires During the Winter

Winter creates opportunities for families to warm up together inside. However, the influx of indoor activity and increased use of heaters also mean a greater chance of electrical fires. Learn more about the top five causes of electrical fires during the winter so you can prevent them before they happen.

Space Heaters

Space heaters provide extra heat on the cold winter nights in Rochester, especially in rooms that don’t get the best access to heat. However, space heaters also cause roughly 1,700 fires every year in the United States.

To minimize the chance of a fire, don’t leave space heaters unattended, and keep them away from flammable material. Furthermore, don’t use damaged or old space heaters. Opt instead for new space heaters with advanced safety features.


Fireplaces keep you comfortable while creating a warm, cozy ambiance in your home. Unfortunately, they also pose a fire risk. It’s important to use fireplaces exactly as instructed and maintain proper ventilation. Keep flammable materials away from the fireplace, and don’t leave it unattended, especially around children and pets. Be sure to put out any flaming coals before you retire for the night.

Power Surges

Christmas lights are one of the things that signify the arrival of the holidays. While they bring joy to a festive time, some people go over the top. Not only are excessive Christmas lights expensive and time-consuming, but they can also create a fire hazard.

Your electrical system can only support so much energy. Each home is divided into sections, with each section supported by one circuit. Some outlets, especially outlets made for large appliances, may have their own circuit. When too much power goes to one circuit, it can create a fire.

When hanging Christmas lights, limit the number of items you plug into each outlet. Don’t overdo it with the extension cords, especially if they don’t offer surge protection. Furthermore, keep the lights away from pets. If pets chew through the lights, it can cause a fire.

Snow/Water Damage

Snow turns into water. When snow melts, it may seep into your home through cracks or flimsy building materials. Waterproof your home, especially your basement. Furthermore, install airtight doors and windows. Keep them closed when the weather indicates snow, especially if you have lights near the window.

Lack of Maintenance

Electrical systems last 50 to 70 years. As electrical systems get older, they require annual maintenance. An electrician will verify that the system can support your electrical demands, inspect for damage, and verify surge protection in Rochester, MN.

Are you ready to prepare your residential wiring for winter? At Paxton Electric, we can inspect your system and offer suggestions for keeping it functioning safely and optimally. Contact us for electrical services today.

Contact our team today to schedule an electrical service estimate for your home or property. Call 507.710.1448

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