SERVPRO Farmington, CT

overloaded circuits

A recent report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) shows home electrical fires claim the lives of 280 Americans each year and injure 1,000 more. Many electrical fires in the home or workplace are caused by overloaded circuits ad extension cords.

December and January are the peak months for electrical fires. The USFA says fires occur more often in these months due to the increased time spent indoors, which also increases the use of lighting, heating and appliances.

Many electrical fires can be avoided if basic safety precautions are taken. Follow these safety tips to reduce your risk of an electrical fire.

  • Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Replace any electrical tool or appliance if it overheats, shorts out, causes even small electrical shocks, or gives off smoke or sparks.
  • If an appliance has a…

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