Easy Ways to Avoid Fire
Would you like to make your family safer? Of course you would!
A 2004 study funded by the nation’s independent insurance agents found that more than 18 million American homeowners never check for electrical hazards. That is one out of every four of us. Electrical home fires result in 900 deaths a year and over $1.7 billion in property damage. These are startling statistics that should have everyone checking their homes for possible electrical problems. Here are some easy things you can do to prevent electrical fire in your home.
- Check for loose-fitting plugs that can overheat
- On all unused outlets accessible to small children, put safety covers on or replace with tamper resistant outlets
- Walk around the house and touch all outlet plates. If any of them are hot to the touch or discolored, there may be a dangerous heat buildup at the connections
- Never remove the third prong, the ground pin, to make it fit into a two conductor outlet. This could lead to an electrical shock
- Only use the recommended light bulb size for the fixture or lamp
- Make sure bulbs are screwed in securely because loose bulbs may overheat
- Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis
- Replace smoke detector batteries twice a year
Some experts also recommend that you have your home evaluated by a licensed electrician at least once a year! With your home wired and so dependent on electricity, it’s easy for safety issues to potentially come up… without you even knowing it! Right now, Super Electric is offering complete safety inspections for FREE! It will provide peace of mind knowing your home is safe and sound for your family!