December is the deadliest month when it comes to home electrical fires, according to a recent consumer warning by Fremont Insurance.
Fire deaths typically increase during the winter months as a result of increased indoor activity, holiday lighting, malfunctioning heaters and appliances.
According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), home electrical problems account for 28,600 fires and $1.1 billion in property losses during a typical year.
Fires may be caused by electrical system failures, or defects in appliances, but the majority, 53 percent according to USFA, involve electrical wiring and are the result of misuse, poor maintenance, incorrect installation, and overloaded circuits and extension cords.
Source: Fremont Insurance
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