Electrical safety is invaluable for most people every day. It certainly is for you and me — after all, without a safe source of electricity, I wouldn’t have been able to add this blog post to our website, and you couldn’t read it.
In 2019 in the U.S., there were about 7,000 residential building fires that resulted in injuries. A third of them were from cooking fires, and another 8% were because of electrical malfunctions. (The remainder were from smoking, open flames, and other causes.) More men die and are injured in fires than women. People age 85 and older have the highest fire death rate.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a few simple ways to safely use electricity:
If you have any questions about the electricity in your home and what you can do to make sure you’re safe, contact a qualified electrician. He or she can walk through your home and manage any trouble spots you have. The NFPA recommends contacting someone as soon as you can if you identify a situation like:
Safety when working with electricity can lead to fewer injuries and even deaths. It doesn’t take a lot to be cautious; you just need to know what to look for and how to handle it.
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