Every year numerous Americans are injured in and around their homes. Dangerous conditions such as overloaded circuits, damaged insulation, and the mistreatment of extension cords and electrical products create fire hazards and may result in electrocutions.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1993 the electrical system in homes was involved in 43,300 fires and 330 deaths and 1720 injuries. In 1992, there was an estimated 530 electrocution deaths.
Take some time from your hectic daily schedule and make sure to look for and correct electrical safety hazards in your home. It doesn’t take too long to check the insulation on a cord, move an appliance away from water, check for correct wattage light bulbs or install a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter).
If you plan on trying to fix an electrical problem yourself, which we don’t recommend due to the obvious safety hazards, read through our Electrical Safety Tips and Hazards to get an over-view of what not to do. Invest your time. It could prevent an electrical safety hazard and save lives.
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