Electrical Safety Tips for Dallas Fort Worth Homeowners

Important Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Be Aware of.

electrical-collageElectrical fires were involved in an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires over a four year period. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths and 1,518 civilian injuries, with $1.5 billion in direct property damage. An electrical fire is a fire involving some type of electrical failure or malfunction.

  • In homes with small children, install tamper-resistant electrical receptacles.
  • Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords.
  • Only plug one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Pinching cords against walls or furniture or running them under carpets or across doorways can cause a fire.
  • Use extension cords for temporary wiring only.
  • If receptacles or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician.
  • Do not place cloth over a light bulb to diffuse or soften the light. Buying a low wattage or soft white or pastel light bulb can help you achieve this effect without creating a fire hazard.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.

Call a qualified electrician or landlord if you have:

  • recurring problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
  • a tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.
  • discolored or warm wall outlets.
  • burning smell or rubbery odor coming from an appliance.
  • flickering lights.
  • sparks from an outlet.

Let us know if these safety tips helped you identify a current hazard in your home that you were able to correct.

Information provided by the National Fire Protection Association. Shared on Facebook by Southlake DPS

help desk software