Written by greg on February 17, 2013
Electricity is a common hazard that all too often is the cause of fires that result in property damage, burn injuries and even death. With this in mind, I have compiled a list of safety precautions that could help prevent an electrical fire in your home or workplace.
*Unplug electrical appliances when they are not in use – unless they are designed to remain plugged in such as the refrigerator.
*Incorporate ‘checking the wiring on your electrical appliances’ into an overall safety inspection plan that you implement at home or at work.
*Should you find wires on any product that uses electricity that are frayed – replace it immediately. (Recently a family friend purchased an ‘antique’ lamp at a garage sale. She placed it prominently in her beautifully appointed living room and plugged it to improve the ambient lighting. She had only walked away for a few moments when she smelled something burning. It turned out the wires were frayed and the nearby drapes had begun to smolder.)
*Do not overload electrical outlets with multiple plugs or extension cords. If you do not have enough outlets – hire a licensed contractor to address the problem.
*Never run electrical cords under rugs or carpeting or under your bedding (think: electric blankets).
*Do not use electrical appliances near any water source.
*Do not allow children to play with electrical appliances.
For more information on electrical safety contact your local fire department. They are knowledgeable in fire prevention.
Greg Baumgartner is a Houston electrical accident lawyer and also the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm, which is located at 6711 FM 1960 West, Houston, Tx 77069, 281-587-1111.