Skip Nav Welcome back to our Fire Starters Series here at Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC! After delving into fire prevention with room air conditioners, extension cords, cooking in the kitchen, and dealing with digital devices, we will now discuss the importance of Outlet Overload as a Fire Starter in your home or business. The purpose of this series is to alert you to possible fire starting scenarios that you may not have thought of before so you can be aware and avoid them to help prevent fires wherever you work and reside. When it comes to usage of outlets, whether plugging in an small appliance, a digital device, or other electrical component in need of power, we need to pay close attention to How Much we are plugging in and the type of outlets we are using to plug in to. When we start with a standard outlet that has no additional protective measures included to prevent a fire, we need to be especially careful that we don’t plug in too much. Outlets are specifically designed to only hold a certain amount of power, otherwise it can overheat and cause a fire if not properly used. Then there’s the consideration of using an electrical outlet adapter. Why not use one that gives us the ability to plug in even more, giving us more Power for our Purpose? Please Proceed with serious caution, following manufacterer’s instructions. Just because you added more outlet space does not mean every outlet available should be used. It adds up fast; so keep that in mind to help you prevent a fire starter from…starting! I also wanted to include a word about the specialized outlet, the AFCI, or Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter. These outlets are specifically designed to shut off in the case of an arc fault. It’s important to have added protection where you need it; and these are required by the National Electrical Code for all 15 and 20 amp circuits. Always proceed with caution, no matter what outlet scenario is existing in your home or business; be sure to limit what you plug in so you don’t end up with a Overload that sparks a fire. Let’s choose to Stay Electrically Safe and Smart with our outlet usage! For more electrical safety, shock and fire prevention tips, be sure to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and do subscribe to our YouTube Channel, which is Your Electrical Safety Resource! Stay informed to you can Stay Safe! If you own a business or home in Collin County area of North Texas and are in need of electrical service, repair or installation, give us a call at 214.697.3134 to schedule an appointment with Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC. We look forward to doing business with you!