Tips to Help Prevent Electrical Fires & GFCI Protection Information

According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fires occurring between 2007 and 2011 caused by electrical issues resulted in 455 civilian deaths and $1.5 billion in damages. In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, here are some electrical safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electricityelectrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
  • Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets.

(List available at: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/electrical/electrical-safety-in-the-home/electrical-safety-tips)

GFCI

A GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet, when working properly, can help stop electrocution by shutting off power if there is a ground-fault. In areas where there is water/moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms, these outlets are extremely important. However, if an outlet does not have GFCI protection, there are cords available that have this feature built into them. Below are a couple of GFCI1examples of this type of adapter:

GFCI with Triplet Outlet Adapter [20910-3IG]

GFCI Plug with triplet outlet Adapter [20911-3PG]

Both of these products are equipped with three outlets, making them ideal for construction and industrial settings where finding a GFCI protected outlet might be difficult.

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