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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Monthly Fire Safety Tips: Electrical Safety

Electrical Outlet

Flipping a light switch.  Plugging in a coffeemaker.  Charging a laptop computer.  These are second nature for most of us.  Electricity makes our lives easier.  However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind.  


Safety Tips

-Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.  

-When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements.

-Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at at time.  

-Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet.  Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.  

-Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets.  Extension cords are intended for temporary use.  Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.  


Important Reminder

Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have the following:

-Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers

-A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance

-Discolored or warm wall outlets

-A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance

-Flickering or dimming lights

-Sparks from an outlet


For more safety tips, please visit www.nfpa.org.

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