Electrical Safety Tips
Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly more than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
Inspection - Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in your home meets the safety provisions in the NEC. Conduct a basic assessment of your home electrical system, electrical cords, extension cords, power plugs, and outlets.
Smoke Detectors - Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
AFCI Protection - Ask a qualified electrician if your home would benefit from AFCI protection, especially during inspections of older homes or upgrades to electrical systems. These advanced new safety devices recognize dangerous conditions that are not detected by standard breakers.
Regular Testing - Test smoke detectors and AFCIs monthly to ensure that they are working properly.
Avoid overloading outlets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician as needed.
Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.
In homes with young children, install tamper resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns.
Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.