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Electrical Safety, from your Greensboro NC Electricians

Electrical safety is by far our most important concern, we take pride in providing quality services at the same we feel more than obligated to provide every job with a safe work environment. Thats why we would like to dedicate this blog post to electrical safety.

Every year there are thousands of fires in residential homes. An estimated 21,300 reported U.S. non-confined home structure fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment resulted in 295 civilian deaths, 840 civilian injuries, and $822 million in property damage.

The Worst Months for Electrical Hazards

December and January have been proven to be most hazardous months for electrical fires. Fire deaths are highest in winter months because we see an increase in lighting, heating, and appliance use. Electrical fires that begin in the living room/family room/den areas result in the most deaths.

The Causes of Electrical Fires

  • Faulty electrical outlets and old wiring
  • Extension cords and appliance cords
  • Plugs, receptacles, and switches
  • Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs

How can I Avoid These Electrical Hazards

  • Have an electrician routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
  • Never use an extension cord, appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet
  • Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
  • Extension cords are for temporary use only. Have a qualified electrician determine if additional circuits or wall outlets are needed
  • Electrical work should be done only by a qualified electrician. Call an electrician
  • Install a working smoke alarm to increases your chances of surviving a fire

At Welborn Electric we want to help you keep the fire department and the ambulance away, We hope you have learned something and enjoyed our blog post on electrical safety tips for your home.