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Ask an Electrician: Why Does Winter Increase the Risk of Electrical Fires?

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Welcome back to our “Ask an Electrician” series. As the chill sets in across Inner West Sydney, keeping our homes warm and cozy becomes a priority.

However, winter also brings an increased risk of electrical fires.

Today, we’ll discuss why this season is particularly hazardous and how you can keep your home safe from electrical fires.

Why Winter Increases the Risk of Electrical Fires

During winter, we often see a spike in electricity usage as heating needs rise and days grow shorter.

This increased demand can put a strain on your home’s electrical system, especially if it’s outdated or not properly maintained. Old wiring, overloaded circuits, and the extensive use of heating appliances like space heaters and electric blankets can all pose significant fire risks.

Common Causes of Electrical Fires in Winter

Key culprits include misuse of space heaters—placing them too close to combustible materials—or overloading electrical outlets with multiple heating devices.

Electric blankets that are old or improperly used can also be hazardous. Additionally, the improper use of extension cords as a permanent solution can lead to overheating and potential fires.

Safety Tips to Prevent Electrical Fires

To ensure a safe winter, follow these tips:

  • Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Never use an oven or stovetop to heat your home.
  • Check cords for damage before using heaters and never use an appliance with a frayed or damaged cord.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them monthly.
  • Use only one heat-producing appliance per outlet to avoid overloads.

The Role of Professional Electricians in Ensuring Fire Safety

An expert electrician can be your best defence against winter fire risks. Mr. Sparky offers comprehensive electrical inspections that can identify and remedy potential hazards like outdated wiring and overloaded systems. Regular checks ensure that your electrical system can handle increased winter loads safely.

Our electrical services are available in Inner West Sydney and throughout the rest of Sydney too.

What to Do in Case of an Electrical Fire

If an electrical fire occurs, never attempt to extinguish it with water. Instead, turn off your power if it’s safe to do so and use a Class C fire extinguisher. Always call 000 in the event of a fire and evacuate if necessary. Having an emergency plan in place and ensuring all family members know what to do in case of a fire can save lives.


Keeping vigilant about electrical safety in winter is crucial. Don’t let fire risks put a damper on your cold season. Contact Mr. Sparky today to schedule a thorough electrical safety inspection and enjoy a safe, warm winter in Inner West Sydney.


Meet Steven, owner of Mr Sparky and seasoned professional electrician in Sydney. With more than 15 years of experience in taking care of the electrical needs of Sydney’s residents, Steven loves to share his expertise and knowledge to ensure everyone is electrical safe. Need an electrician in Sydney – give Mr Sparky a call


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