Electrical fires are all too common, The National Fire Prevention Association indicates U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 47,000 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2014. These fires resulted in 520 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage. Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in one of every five home fires.”

Electrical Safety tips:

1. Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
2. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
3. In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant receptacles.
4. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
5. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
6. Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance — like space heaters, air conditioners and clothes dryers — into each receptacle outlet at a time.
7. If you have outlets or switches that feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
8. Place lamps on level surfaces, away from materials that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
9. Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
10. Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets.

Contact Cardinal Electric for electrical repairs and installations in the West Palm Beach area.