Electricity Safety in the home and office

Electricity Safety in the home and office

To help reduce your risk of electrical fire, it is recommended  that you have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician, including electrical inspections, when buying or remodeling a home. The following are additional tips you should  follow to help 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 are can get damaged.
  • Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets in your home to reduce the use of extension cords.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. Check the sticker on the lamp to determine the maximum wattage light bulb 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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