is Fire Prevention Month, so as a public service
designed to reduce the number of calls for electrical
fires, "Your Place" offers the following tips
from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and
lighting controls (dimmers, switches):
cords are intended only for temporary use. Each year
3,330 residential fires originate near extension cords,
the Electrical Safety Foundation International says,
often because homeowners are using them incorrectly.
average light fixture can accommodate only a 60-watt
bulb. Using a bulb with a higher wattage than the
fixture is able to accommodate is called "overlamping"
and should be avoided. Always be sure to check the
warning label on a fixture or lamp for the maximum
third prong of an electrical plug should never be
removed just to fit an outlet.
electrical outlet could be a fire hazard if it wonít
hold a plug tightly. If part of the outlet is cracked or
if it is discolored, the receptacle is damaged, and itís
best to change it as soon as possible in hopes of
preventing one of the 5,300 fires that originate near
electrical receptacles each year.
than 50 percent of the electrical fires that occur every
year could be prevented with the installation of arc
fault circuit interrupters. AFCIs immediately shut off
power when a fire hazard ó or arc fault ó is
doing any electrical-wiring projects yourself, refer to
credible online resources, such as Underwriters
Laboratories. These resources outline electrical-safety
practices recognized by professionals in the industry
and should be followed carefully while completing any
electrical-wiring projects, to avoid serious fire
hazards in the home.
you are unsure about any aspect of an electrical
project, consult a licensed electrician.