Electricity Safety

Harris Beckley

Electricity

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. Almost half (48%) of home electrical failure fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment.

Safety Tips

  1. Put a safety cap over electric outlets to prevent multiple safety hazards
  2. Don't yank plugs out by the cord because that will damage it
  3. Make sure all electric cords are covered or tucked away for personal safety
  4. Keep electric stuff far away from water so you don't get electrocuted
  5. Don't plug a bunch of cords into an extension cord because they overload of energy can cause a fire
  6. Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords
  7. Have all electric work done by a professional to avoid problems later on
  8. Only plug one heat-producing applience into an outlet
  9. Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size
  10. Use the correct wattage lightbulb for all light fittings

Things To Look For:

  • Sparks coming out of an outlet
  • Filickering or dimming lights
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an out let or applience
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets
  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical applience
  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses

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