WFCA & Ting are advancing pre-fire electrical data
Published: 9/04/2020
Author: Bob Roper, Senior Policy Advisor, Western Fire Chiefs Association

Fire sprinklers and smoke detectors act as a “silent sentry” against active interior structure fires. How would you like a tool that monitors an entire home for hidden electrical wiring defects and helps prevent fires before they start – notifying you of the potential hazard via a cell phone app? In wildfire prone areas, wouldn’t it be great to have monitoring for defective service and/or transmission electrical lines before they might cause a wildfire? This technology advancement may be here today with even newer data tools in the near future.
Ting from Whisker Labs ( is a device and service that you simply plug into an electrical outlet anywhere in your home. Just one sensor can monitor your home for electrical wiring hazards and then Ting notifies you of the hazard. Ting actually covers the cost of a licensed electrician to visit your home to mitigate the hazard. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 13% of home fires are due to electrical malfunctions ( This is almost too simple, there is no maintenance and Ting sends you weekly-automated reports and notifications of important events that impact your home, such as power outages. 
This technology is proven for homes and Ting and WFCA have teamed up together to explore the wildfire detection data collection and how to use it to save lives and reduce property loss. By using the discount code TINGWFCA2020, Western members are eligible to receive 5 years of service for only $150 (regularly priced at $745). To learn more, go to 

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