October is National Fire Prevention Month. It is a perfect time to make sure your home does not have any hidden fire hazards. From 2007-2011, it is estimated that U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of nearly 50,000 home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. Here is a list of some steps to take to help prevent electrical fires in the home:
- Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
- Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
- In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
- If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
- Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
- Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
- Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets.
All of our HELP Club Members receive an annual Electrical Safety Inspection from one of our Trust-Certified Electric Specialists at no additional charge! If you have not had your electrical system inspected in a while, give us a call! We would be happy to tell you how you can take advantage of this and the many other benefits of the HELP Club! 513-333-HELP