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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Electrical fire safety tips...

It is urged and advised for people to take care when using electrical equipment in the home and at work.

It is as easy as one following a set of golden rules such as switching off and unplugging appliances when not in use, keeping heaters away from furniture and curtains with at least a 3 foot space inbetween any combustable material, and not overloading sockets. Electrical fires in the home and at work can be devastating but are always preventable. It is really important people check their electrics are in good working order.

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of of 280 Americans each year. Many of these fires are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.

Winter fires can be prevented! The following electrical fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.

  • Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Replace any electrical tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out, or gives off smoke or sparks.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, like UL.
  • Keep clothes, curtains, and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Don't allow children to play with or around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons, and hair dryers.
  • Use safety closures to "child-proof" electrical outlets.
  • Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
Teaching children about fire safety is very important. Here's certified firefighter Gabriel Williams with some electrical safety tips for kids in the following video clip. . .

Everyone needs to know that there are simple steps you can take to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from electrical fires.

For more information on electrical fire safety, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website.

The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and practicing a home fire escape plan.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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