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Brush Up On Electrical Safety

May 27, 2014

brushuponelectricalsafety-postMay is National Electrical Safety Month. As spring comes to full bloom, it is a chance to focus on fire and electrical safety tips. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), an estimated 47,000 fires in the home are ignited due to some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. This results in 418 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in direct property damage.

Below are a few tips and tricks to remember for keeping you and your family safe and secure*:

Wires have a lethal voltage. Power lines, even when down, are still live (even if they appear to be insulated). If a line has fallen, never touch it.

Call before you dig. Underground lines are dangerous and deadly. Protect yourself by calling 811.

Look Up! If power lines are in the area, you must keep a distance of 10 feet between you, anything you may touch, and the line. This is especially important if you have kids who like to climb trees.

Avoid overfilling outlets. Only one high-wattage appliance should be plugged into each outlet receptacle at once.

Keep pathways clear. Avoid running extension cords across doorways and under carpets. In addition, make sure all electrical cords are tucked away to prevent tipping or pet’s chewing on them.

Watch the wattage. Keep lamps on a even surface away from things that can burn; only use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.

Avoid water. Nearly 100% of home electrical accidents occur when people use electricity near water.

*Source: ESFI, NFPA, OSHA

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