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September 11, 2012

(Electrical) Quote from an Expert: Mr. Houchin, Past President of the St Louis Retired Firefighters Association

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Here’s a comment from Mr. Houchin, Past President of the St Louis Retired Firefighters Association:

(Mr. Houchin is past president of the St. Louis Retired Firefighters Association, vice president of Local 73 International Firefighters Union and legislative chairman of the Firefighters Benefits Committee.)

“Electrical accidents and fires cause personal injury to home owners and millions of dollars of damage to homes throughout America each year.  These tragedies are often the result of poor installation, outdated components, and systems that have not been maintained.

The electrical industry is constantly improving with new technology to make your home more energy efficient and safer.  The electrical codes are constantly being updated to reflect the most up to date technology and many of the advancements in the last few years have outdated many wiring methods used in the past.  If your home hasn’t been updated with the latest standards, you may be staring a potential hazard right in the face.

Electrocution and fire are real threats.  For example, from 1992 to 2001, electrical problems accounted for 407,606 fires, 3,406 deaths, and $7,858,700,000 in damages in the United States.  With homeowner education, improved safety standards … homes are being protected and lives are being saved.  Many fires and electrical deaths are caused by factors that could have been avoided with regular maintenance.

Take this opportunity to protect your home and your family from the threat of electrical fire and shock.”

Conclusion: 

Because we do such a volume of service and repair work, we at Mister Sparky Electric are in the unique position to find, recognize, and correct these types of common electrical problems.  To be safe all units or houses in a complex should be gone through to eliminate any potential fire hazards or faulty connections and then restored using newer, safer methods.


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