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Electrical Fire Safety Tips

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

a drawn representation of a electrical cord plugged into a wall outlet that is on fire Always Remember to make sure all electrical work in your home is done by a qualified electrician!

Electricity helps make our lives easier. There are times though when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted. Here are a few electrical safety tips to follow to keep your home fire-safe. 

When it comes to Appliances

  • Always plug major appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, directly into a wall outlet. 
  • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance — it can easily overheat and start a fire. 
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. 

When if comes to Outlets

  • Do not overload wall outlet
  • Insert plugs fully into outlets
  • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children

When it comes to Extension Cords, Power Strips and Surge Protector

  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away
  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only
  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection

Thank you to U.S. Fire Administration for sharing these tips for us to share with our customers!

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