Did you know that the U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. May is National Electric Safety Month. We try to help keep people aware of the dangers of electrical appliances that we use every day in our homes.
Here are some very helpful tips everyone can use:
1. If you have any damaged or loose electrical cords that you have in your house, get them replaced. Also avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
2. Never throw water on an electrical fire.
3. Keep all radios, hair dryers and other appliances secured or out of bathrooms.
4. Keep electrical cords away from kids' reach. Teach your kids not to poke things into electrical outlets, toasters, or any other appliances, whether they're on or off.
5. Use plug covers or inserts in all your outlets.
6. Stay away from substations and transformers (green boxes).
7. Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call the electric utility company to report fallen electrical lines. Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.
8. Always use caution when working near electricity.
Make sure to keep you and your family safe to ensure that your summer is a great one!