Tips to Avoid Electrical Fires
A recent report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) shows home electrical fires claim the lives of 280 Americans each year and injure 1,000 more. Many electrical fires in the home or workplace care caused by overloaded circuits and extension cords. Many electrical fires can be avoided if basic safety precautions are taken.
· 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 or appliance if it overheats, shorts out, causes even small electrical shocks, or gives off smoke or sparks.
· If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
· Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets