8 Tips for Preventing Electrical Fires
It’s easy to overload an electrical socket but there are other ways you can put your home in danger of electrical fire. Here are some tips from Reader’s Digest for preventing electrical fires.
1. Never overload an electrical receptacle with extension cords or three-way adapters. If you need to plug a lot of things into a single receptacle, use a power strip.
2. Never run electrical cords under carpets or rugs, over nails, in traffic areas, or where there is chance of wear.
3. Don’t misuse extension cords. Never use a standard household extension cord for a major appliance or a heat-producing appliance; instead use a heavy-duty appliance cord that can carry the load.
4. When purchasing any electrical device, choose only one that carries the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) rating.
5. Don’t pull on an electrical cord to unplug it. Grasp the plug firmly and pull out straight so you don’t bend the prongs.
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