Household Air Conditioner Safety

July 27, 2017

Air conditioners are a staple for many American households during the warmer summer months.  If not properly maintained, air conditioning units can present a fire hazard.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, air conditioners were involved in an annual average of 2,800 reported home structure fires and $82 million direct property damage.

ABC News reports that air conditioners can catch nearby combustibles on fire if they experience electrical issues or are overworked / overheated.  The good news is that you can follow some simple tips to reduce your risk of fire when using an air conditioner:

  • Check that the air filter is clean and change it if necessary.
  • Ensure adequate power supply to the unit.
  • Avoid using extension cords or power strips.
  • Keep the space around air conditioning units clear, especially of combustible items.
  • Check for product recalls specific to your air conditioner.
  • Have a professional check your air conditioning unit once or twice a year.

For early detection of a fire, check your smoke detectors regularly and replace the batteries every year.


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