Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Electrical safety tips

By Dr Bill Maier
Most people don’t think much about fire safety until they see their house burning down on the evening news.

But most electrical fires can be prevented with a little common sense and diligence.

Before plugging something in, or turning something on, make sure the circuit isn’t overloaded.

Too many plugs in one outlet is a major hazard.

If you need more outlets, always use a power strip with a built in surge protector.

It’s also good to check appliance cords regularly, to make sure they’re not getting hot. If they are, have the appliance serviced immediately.

And when fuses or circuit breakers trip, don’t just flip them back on.

It could be a sign of serious trouble, so have it checked right away.

Finally, never use something with a frayed or broken cord. Throw it away or get it fixed.

From TODAY, Voices - Wednesday, 28-July-2010

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