Prevent an electrical fire at home

Basically don't mess with cords and stuff.

So, fires are scary. Really scary. The thing is they can come out of nowhere. Electrical fires are probably a homeowner’s worst nightmare. (For that matter, so are kitchen fires.) But there are a few simple things you can do at home to prevent an electrical fire from breaking out at your house.

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Tips to prevent an electrical fire.

  • Look after your appliances and wiring. Make sure none of these things look suspicious.
  • Check the cords. If any cords look worn or frayed, replace them. It might not seem like a huge deal…but frayed cords are a no-no. Those can cause problems.
  • Don’t overload your outlets and stuff. Don’t overstuff your outlets, extension cords, and so on. Just because you can finagle a way for all the plugs to fit…doesn’t mean you should.
  • Don’t mix water and electricity. Keep cords away from anything that is damp. That’s just not a great idea. Remember water and electricity don’t get along.
  • Don’t put a three-pronged plug into a two-pronged outlet. That’s just not meant to work like that.
  • Be cautious with space heaters. Yes, they are very toasty. But take care to keep linens, blankets, and so on away from them.
  • Childproof stuff. If you have kiddos, be sure to get those handy little kid-safe covers that you can pop over your outlets. That way nobody accidentally gets hurt.

Also – something that’s really important is to have a family fire escape plan for your house. Practice it with everybody regularly so that everyone knows what to do if there’s a fire. The goal is to get everyone out of the house safely and quickly.

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