Electrical fires make up approximately 13% of all home fires, take hundreds of lives each year and amount to nearly $1.3 billion in annual home damage. Electrical arcing is the heat source in approximately three of five home fires involving an electrical failure or malfunction. What can be done by homeowners to alleviate potential electrical risks?
State Farm and Ting
In 2020, State Farm worked with Whisker Labs to offer a Ting sensor free to qualified policyholders in three states. As a result, over 40,000 devices were provided to customers resulting in numerous success stories and, in many cases, fire loss prevention. Some of these preventive detections included sensing clear arcing signals isolated to a chandelier in master bathroom, identifying a missing neutral connection in a sub-panel, and detecting arcing signals consistent with water interaction with electrical system.
State Farm is now expanding the offer of Ting, in limited quantities, to more State Farm non-tenant homeowner policyholders in more states. Learn more about the State Farm Ting offer.
How does Ting monitor my home?
Whisker Labs' Ting smart plug sensor is a unique device that monitors the electrical network of the home to help detect hazards, so they can be fixed before they have a chance to ignite a fire. The main precursors to electrical fires, micro-arcs and sparks, happen in faulty wires, loose connections, and faulty appliances or devices. These signs usually develop over weeks and months, so Ting is designed to provide advanced warnings to address these hazards, prior to the hazard starting an electrical fire. It does not detect or prevent fires caused by human interaction, such as smoking, candles, kitchen fires, etc.
Ting may also help detect electrical faults in the utility grid that could damage your home and potentially trigger wildfires.