Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

Smart Steps to Prevent Electrical Fires

Did you know that one in seven home fires is classified as an electrical fire? Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are started by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords. Here are some helpful tips to best guard your home against electrical fires. 


  • AppliancesAlways plug major appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, and dryers directly into a wall outlet
  • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance, as it can overheat and start a fire
  • Always plug small appliances directly into a wall outlet—and unplug them when you’re not using them
  • Keep lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs away from anything flammable
  • Only use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture 
  • Check appliance electrical cords often—and replace cracked, damaged, and loose cords

Extension Cords, Power Strips and Surge Protectors

Extension Cords

  • Replace old, worn, or damaged extension cords right away
  • Only use extension cords for temporary purposes
  • Avoid placing cords where they can be damaged or pinched—like under a carpet or rug
  • Only use power strips that have internal overload protection



  • Do not overload wall outlets—and insert plugs fully into sockets
  • Never force a three-prong cord into a two-slot outlet
  • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children

Make sure all electrical work in your home is done by a qualified electrician!

Get additional outdoor electrical safety information from the professionals at NFPA here.

Electrical Discharge

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