Homes today are brimming with state-of-the-art technology, entertainment, and computer equipment. However, when too many lights and appliances are attached to the electrical system, it will overload - and then overheat. The heat causes the wire insulation to melt and ignite, resulting in an electrical fire. Most electrical fires can be prevented.
Our lives depend on the safe use of electricity in our homes and apartments. Even what might appear as a minor problem, can lead to fire. If you rent your home or apartment, there are important questions that you should ask of your landlord that will help protect you and your family. Consider asking your landlord some or all of the following questions:
Take a few minutes this season to inspect the condition of your electrical cords, extension cords, plugs and outlets to make your home as safe as possible.
All wiring systems have circuit breakers or fuses that disconnect power when circuits become overloaded. This is a safety feature to prevent overheating. When a fuse or circuit breaker trips, find the cause and correct it. Never use oversized fuses, foil wrap a fuse, or substitute a fuse with a penny. This will cancel the safety device designed to prevent overheating and cause a fire. If an electrical outlet is hot to the touch, unplug all appliances and have the wiring inspected by a certified electrician as soon as possible.