May is National Electrical Safety Month. Electricity causes over 140,00 fires each result resulting in 500 deaths, 4,000 injuries and 1.6 billion in property damage according to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).
Here are some electrical safety tips you can use in your home.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils regularly to eliminate dire buildup that can reduce efficiency and cause a fire.
- Ensure all counter appliances are located away from the sink.
- The top and areas above the cooking range should be free of clutter such as potholders or plastic utensils.
- Use the proper wattage of light bulbs in your light fixtures. Overheated fixtures can cause a fire.
- Check lamp cords to make sure they are in good condition.
- Extension cords should not be used to provide power on a long-term basis.
- Two-thirds of fire deaths come from homes without working smoke detectors. You should have a smoke detector on every level and outside of every bedroom.
- Replace the batteries at least once a year if not twice a year.
- Talk with your family and even small children about what to do in the event of a house fire, which routes to use to escape.