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Household Electrical Safety

Faulty electrical wiring or misuse of electricity is one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. Each year, electricity causes injury and death to many people. Many of these accidents can be eliminated by following simple safety procedures. Use the following recommended prevention steps to ensure the electrical situation in your home is secure.

ELECTRICAL FIRE PREVENTION:

  • Avoid using outlet extensions and extension cords when possible. When too many cords are plugged into one source it can overload the outlet and cause a fire.
  • Replace broken electrical cords. Exposed internal wires pose both a fire and electrocution hazard.
  • Replace cords or outlets that seem to heat up more than usual when used.
  • Call a certified electrician should you experience frequent tripped circuits, blown fuses, or other electrical problems.
  • Keep lamps away from flammable items, and on smooth, steady surfaces.
  • Ensure that the light bulbs you use match the suggested wattage on the light fixture.
  • In the event of an electrical fire, never use water to put it out. Water will make the issue worse. Instead, use a dry fire extinguisher.

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Firefighters recommend the time-honored PASS method to use a fire extinguisher correctly and effectively:

  • Pull the fire extinguisher's safety pin.
  • Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the extinguisher's handle.
  • Sweep the extinguisher's nozzle in a side-to-side motion until the flames are out.

ELECTROCUTION PREVENTION

  • Install electrical outlet covers to prevent accidental electrocution.
  • Keep objects that run on electricity away from water. Water and electricity together are a major hazard and care should be taken to keep them apart.
  • Ensure that the electrical plug matches the socket before attempting to insert it.
  • Replace any appliances or tools that give out a shock, even if it is just a mild shock.  
  • In the event an electrical appliance emits a spark or sparks, cut off the power supply to it by switching off the circuit breaker at the main energy outlet and then unplug the appliance.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY TIPS

  • Electrical cords should not be placed under carpets, rugs or run across doorways.
  • Cords should never by stapled or nailed into position.
  •  Large appliances (washing machines, dish washers, refrigerators, and ovens) should be plugged in using three-pin plugs with a grounded prong.
  • If in doubt about the safe use or potential risk of an electrical component in your home, it is best to contact a qualified electrician.

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