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