Studies by the ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International) discovered sales of electrical devices jump significantly during December. Many more electrical products, along with cooler temperatures around most of the nation, increase the probability of electrical fires, injuries, and deaths. More than 40% of fire deaths happen during winter, and the kitchen is where more than half of all home fires start.
It is important to perform several easy electrical appliance and device checkups to ensure that they are functioning normally and that your home and family are safe from electrical danger. We also recommend that you call an experienced licensed electrician and request a thorough electrical inspection of your home.
ESFI statistics show that during the colder months the probability of house fires is greater because of the increased use of electrical appliances. Electric heaters are one of the greatest consumers of power during the winter. These tips below will help ensure an electric heater will be used safely.
- Review the service and maintenance instructions of the appliance before use.
- Inspect plugs and power cords for damage or fraying.
- Replace heater filter if due or vacuum to remove dust and debris prior to using.
- Prevent overloading and fires by minimizing the use of extension cords, power strips, and adapters.
- Never leave a heater unattended, especially where there are walkways or kids.
- Keep at least a 3 feet distance from flammable or moist materials.
Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. As of January 1, 2018, Maryland law now requires all homes to have a 10-year tamper resistant, lithium battery smoke alarm on each level of their home. Consult with a licensed electrician regarding the proper type, number, and placement of smoke alarms for your home.
Part 2 will discuss GFCIs and Kitchen Appliances.
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