Electrical fire safety:
Help increase awareness about dangerous home electrical fires in your community with these messages and free materials from the USFA here.
A few facts about electrical fires:
- Nationally, from 2011 to 2015, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in the ignition of an average of 34,000 reported home structure fires per year.
- These fires involved equipment such as wires, lights, cords and plugs.
- Electrical distribution or lighting equipment ranked first in direct property damage and third among the major fire causes in homes.
- In 2017, electrical fires accounted for 7.9 percent and appliances for 7.5 percent of structure fire causes in Minnesota.
Electrical safety and fire prevention:
- Only plug one heat-producing appliance directly into an outlet at a time.
- Extension cords are intended for temporary use only.
- Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
- Call an electrician if you smell burning or a rubbery smell from appliances, notice flickering or dimming lights, see sparks from an outlet, or find discolored outlets or frequent problems with fuses or tripped breakers.
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