#PSEGTips: Electrical Fire Safety Tips

#PSEGTips: Electrical Fire Safety Tips

Did you know that electrical failures or malfunctions are factors in 20% of home fires? Below are eight safety tips to prevent electrical fires in your home.

tip1_twitterformatted 1. Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
tip2_twitterformatted 2. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
tip3_twitterformatted-01 3. In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant receptacles.
tip4_twitterformatted  4. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
tip7_twitterformatted  5. Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance — like space heaters, air conditioners and clothes dryers — into each receptacle outlet at a time
tip6_twitterformatted  6. 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.
tip8_twitterformatted  7. Place lamps on level surfaces, away from materials that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
tip9-10_twitterformatted 8. Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.