25 Apr 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.