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Friday, January 18, 2019

Make Your Home Electrically Safe

With 39,000 house fires and 350 deaths caused in the U.S. each year by faulty home wiring and other electrical equipment, these recommendations from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), formerly known as the National Electric Safety Foundation, may help prevent such an occurrence in your home.

Check for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, which can overheat and lead to fire. Replace any missing or broken wall plates. Place safety covers on all unused outlets that are accessible to children.

Make sure cords are in good condition. They should be placed out of traffic areas, but not under carpets or rugs. Cords should never be nailed or stapled to the wall, baseboard or any other object. Do not rest any furniture on them.

Check for extension cords.
Not intended as permanent household wiring, these should only be used on a temporary basis. Safety closures help prevent shock hazards and mouth burn injuries in children.

Make sure plugs fit outlets. Never remove the ground pin to make a three prong fit a two-conductor outlet, and never force a plug into an outlet it doesn’t fit.

LEDs Save Homeowners Money

Light-emitting diodes or LEDs are gaining popularity in current home lighting concepts because of their energy-efficient nature, among other benefits.

Currently, LEDs are the unsung heroes of the electronics world. These small devices make up the numbers of digital clocks, send signals from remote controls and illuminate watches and other small appliances. Today, LEDs are recognized as practical solutions to home lighting needs, particularly for those who are interested in efficient, cost-effective illumination.

Put a Freeze on Electrical Fires

As temperatures drop, many families may use portable electric space heaters to help warm their homes. The Electrical Safety Foundation International warns that space heaters could cause fires and injuries if not used properly. Follow these few simple precautions:
  • Read the manufacturer’s instruction manual before using any space heater. Check to make sure the heater bears the mark of a certified testing organization.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from any combustible materials, such as bedding, clothing, draperies, furniture and rugs.
  • Test space heaters frequently to ensure that the shut-off function works when the heater is tipped or knocked over.

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