Appliance Fires


Home and business alike have appliances of some sort. Appliance fires account for thousands of fires each year. Our electrical engineers are equipped to provide assessment of residential and commercial fires involving appliances for cause and origin, liability and subrogation potential.

Most commonly, residential or coin-operated washers and dryers, ranges or cook tops, ovens and microwaves in both residential homes and restaurants are among the top causes of appliance fires around the world.

According to a 2013 NFPA report looking at 2007-11 data, cooking is the leading cause of structural fires and home injuries. Over this time period 156,000 structural fires involving cooking equipment alone, were responded to by US fire departments. These fires caused an average of 400 deaths, almost 6,000 fire-related injuries and over $850 million in direct property damage. 

After any type of electrical appliance fire, it is of utmost need to determine the cause and origin of the fire, apportion liability, and explore if subrogation options are present. Envista electrical engineers have decades of experience performing detailed fire investigations following incidents involving appliances. Utilizing scientific principles, and experience gained in prior experience designing and testing sophisticated electrical systems, our degreed and licensed Electrical Engineers, are recognized by the NFPA and IAAI as Certified Fire and Explosion investigators. 

We have the experience needed to steer the investigation from the initial site inspection through expert courtroom presentations.

To protect yourself against possible appliance fires, keep these things in mind:

  1. Register new appliances and check for recalls
  2. Install fire-prevention equipment
  3. Inspect power cords
  4. Check and inspect all wiring
  5. Practice kitchen safety and make sure your range is clear, and clean vents regularly
  6. Clean dryer vents as often as possible

To speak with an Envista electrical engineer regarding an appliance fire investigation, please call +1 847 559-3000.