U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --
Your Air Force Academy Fire Prevention Office staff want you and your family to have a fire safe year. Electrical fires in homes claim the lives of 280 Americans each year. Many of these fires are caused by incorrectly-installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords, but they can be prevented.
Here’s a few tips to help you keep your home safe in 2019.
-- If you use electric space heaters, plug them directly into a wall receptacle
-- Always avoid using power strips for high-electrical-drawing appliances like heaters, appliances and hair dryers
-- Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring for damages
-- Immediately replace frayed wires and worn, old or damaged appliance cords
-- Discard any electrical tool if it causes shocks, overheats, shorts out or smokes or sparks
-- Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters, especially electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen
-- Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, like UL
-- Keep combustible items at least three feet from all space heaters
-- Use three-prong plugs only in three-prong outlets. Never force it to fit into a two-slot-outlet or extension cord
-- Don't allow children to play with or around electrical appliances
-- Use safety closures to "child-proof" electrical outlets
-- Never overload extension cords or wall sockets with too many plugs
-- Immediately shut off, replace light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker
Call 719-333-4433 for more information.