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Monday, December 16, 2013

Prevent Electrical Fires

Winter time, it is cold and a lot of us pull out electric heaters. Our house has one bedroom that will not get warm at all. So, my son has to use a electric heater in there. I worry about it all of the time. We make sure it is unplugged when he isn't in there. Here are some other tips to help you stay safe.

Never overload a electrical receptacle with extension cords or adaptors to make it a three-way. If you need to plug in more items to a certain receptacle, use a power surge strip.

Never run the cords under carpets or rugs.

Never use an extension cord for a major appliance or any heat producing appliance.

Don't use a bulb that has more wattage than a lamp is rated to use. It can overheat.

Call an electrician if your lights flicker, if appliances run sluggishly, or you have a fuse that repeatedly blows or a breaker that trips often. Could be a sign of the system being overloaded.

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