How safe is your home?
Probably you thought that your home is such a safe place. Well, did you know that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in their homes? Yes, it is the second most common location for such fatalities. Most Americans are unaware that they are able to prevent such accidents.
One of the most common accident is Home electrical fire. Yes, There is estimated that 51,000 fires happen each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage.
Those numbers are incredibly terrifying, but here are 8 tips to prevent home electrical fire:
1) Inspect your home by a professional electrician at least every 5 years, sooner if you experience electrical problems.
2) Know electrical system danger signs, such as blown fuses, flickering lights, and warm or discolored wall plates.
3) Don’t overload your electrical circuits. Major appliances (Dryer, air conditioners, refrigerator, etc.) each need their own receptacle outlets.
4) Plug cords in securely. Don’t use frayed
or damaged cords.
5) Use extension cords for temporary use only; if you need these daily, it’s time to get your electrical system upgraded.
6) Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
7) Ask a qualified electrician if your home would benefit from AFCI protection, especially during inspections of older homes or upgrades to electrical systems.
8) Don't check the electricy by yourself, it could generate a big trouble if you don't have qualified skills to repair your electrical issues. Let the proffesional do their job.
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