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Electrical Fire Safety

  • Have all electrical work done by a certified electrician. When buying or remodeling a home have it inspected by a certified inspector.

  • Only plug one heat producing appliance into an outlet at a time.

    • examples include: coffeemakers, toasters, space heaters, etc.​

  • Major home appliances such as stoves, washers, refrigerators, etc should be plugged directly into the outlet. Extension cords or plug strips should not be used. 

  • Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider installing them in your home through a certified electrician.

    • should be tested once a month​

  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) reduce the risk of shock by shutting of the electrical circuit.

    • GFCI's should be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and on all outdoor outlets.​

    • Should be tested once a month.

  • Make sure electrical cords are not running across rugs or under doorways.

  • Extension Cords are not meant for longtime use. If needed have an electrician install more outlets in your home to avoid using extension cords.

  • Only use the correct wattage lightbulb that is listed on the lamp. 

 Call an electrician if and when....

  • You have 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 coming from an outlet. 

NFPA's Dan Doofus on Electrical Safety

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NFPA Electrical Fire Safety Tip Sheet

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