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Fire - Safety Tip

Posted on: April 24, 2020

Electrical Safety

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***According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical malfunction is the leading cause of home fires year after year.***

The Irving Fire Department asks that everyone please keep these ELECTRICAL safety tips in mind:

  • Check your electrical cords. If they are cracked or damaged, replace them. Don’t try to repair them. Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use only.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should NOT be used.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.

Click here to view a printable sheet from the U.S. Fire Administration with more electrical safety tips.


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