How Three-Pronged Plugs Help Prevent Electrical Fires

Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage. Electrical Safety Foundation International

three pronged plugs help prevent electrical fires

Three-pronged plugs help prevent home electrical fires

While those numbers are staggering, there is something simple you can do to limit the likelihood of having an electrical fire in your home.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, electrical receptacles are involved in 5,300 fires every year. Faults can occur in receptacles. Three-pronged plugs are specially designed to increase safety with appliances.

Developed to protect the user from being shocked and against other malfunctions, the third prong grounds the electricity. You should never remove the third prong to use a two-pronged outlet. Doing so defeats the built-in safety feature. Ask your electrician if they can update your two-pronged outlets to three-pronged ones instead.

three-pronged plugs

Three pronged plug prevent electrical fires

A licensed electrician can help identify and protect you, your home and your family. At Scott Electric, our licensed electricians provide residential and commercial electrical inspections and services throughout the mid-Missouri area.

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