• Turning on the lights.
  • Setting an automatic coffeemaker. 
  • Charging your mobile phones.


These are actions we take almost daily. Even though we appreciate how electricity makes our lives easier we should be aware of the safety concerns around electrical wiring in our homes.


Unfortunately, too many people are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes each year. Many of these disasters can be prevented. Learning the causes of home electrical fires and following safety guidelines are good steps toward prevention.

Here are some of the most common causes of home electrical fires:

  • Overloaded electrical circuits
  • Improper use of extension cords
  • Outdated or nonfunctioning smoke alarms
  • Inadequate circuit breakers and fuses
  • Space heaters

It is critical that all electrical work in your home is done by a qualified electrician. Wilcox Electric is a Pepco-approved electrical contractor, specializing in residential and light commercial work in the DC area. This includes electrical service work, such as the repair or replacement of existing electrical systems, lighting, and devices and the installation of new electrical systems for additions.

We can ease your safety concerns with our value-priced Electrical Safety Assessment to identify, if any electrical hazards are present in your home.