Lessons Learned: Electricity Safety in the Home and Office

Lessons Learned: Electricity Safety in the Home and Office

To help reduce the risk of an electrical fire, it is recommended that all electrical work is performed by a qualified electrician, including electrical inspections when buying or remodeling a home. The following are additional tips to follow to keep your home and office safe from electrical fires:

  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets where they can get damaged.
  • Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets in your home to reduce the use of extension cords.
  • Use lightbulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. Check the sticker on the lamp to determine the maximum wattage lightbulb to use.
Facts & figures
  • From 2011-2015, Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in the ignition of 34,000 reported home structure fire, on average, per year.
  • These fires involved equipment such as wiring, lighting, cords and plugs.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment ranked first in direct property damage and third among the major fire causes in the number of home fires.

It’s always a good time to review electrical safety in your home and office. Click here to download more tips and helpful information. Electrical Safety Tip Sheet.

Sources: NFPA.org, and NFPA’s “U.S. Home Structure Fires,” report.
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