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The Do’s and Don’ts – Electrical Safety Month Series #1

Fire departments throughout the United States responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries, and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.


To kick off National Electrical Safety Month, here are a few generic tips from Nickle’s Safety Director Mike Anderson on avoiding electrical hazards.


  • – Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords
  • – Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets
  • – Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a certified electrician so you don’t have to use extension cords
  • – In homes with small children, make sure there are tamper-resistant receptacles
  • – Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet
  • – Avoid overloading outlets – plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time
  • – You should call a certified electrician if outlets or switches feel warm, you have frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or you have flickering or dimming lights
  • – Place lamps on level surfaces away from things that can burn, and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage
  • – Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, basement, and outdoor areas to prevent harmful electrical shock
  • – Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets from catching fire


Stay tuned next Wednesday for more electrical safety awareness from Mike.


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