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Electrical Fire Safety
Electrical failures and malfunctions account for more than 26,000 house fires in the US each year. But understanding basic electrical safety principles and following safe practices can help you protect your home and family.
- Routinely check electrical appliances and wiring. Replace all old, damaged, or worn cords immediately.
- Watch for warning signs of electrical problems such as outlets or switches that are warm or make crackling, sizzling, or buzzing noises.
- Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis and never use them with appliances, space heaters, or air conditioners.
- Avoid overloading circuits.
- Do not use light bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage of the light fixture.
- Replace any electrical tool that overheats, shorts out, gives off smoke, sparks, or causes even small electrical shocks.
- Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched by furniture, under rugs and carpets, or across doorways.
- Keep clothes, curtains, and other combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
- Buy electrical products that have been evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory.
- Do not allow children to play around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons, and hair dryers.
- Never put a three-prong plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Properly label all electrical panel circuits. Replace fuses and circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.
- Unplug Christmas tree lights when leaving the house or going to bed.
- Hire a qualified electrician to do any electrical work or repairs.
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