Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October is National Fire Safety Month

Every October, home safety and consumer groups work together to inform the public about National Fire Safety Month. Of course, fire safety should be a year-round concern, but this event is a great way to raise awareness of one of the biggest dangers to homes and families. In 2009, one house fire was reported every 87 seconds, with 362,500 total fires that year. While there are a number of factors in the home to use caution with - cooking, heating systems, and candles, to name a few - we would like to highlight a few electrical safety tips for Fire Safety Month and beyond.
  • Most importantly, always use bulbs that match a lamp or fixture's recommended wattage. This is the easiest way to prevent overloads and electrical fires.
  • Use caution with outlets. Do not plug too many devices into one surge protector or outlet, and make sure that only one high wattage device at a time goes into an outlet.
  • Do not overuse extension cords, and make sure that they are not used across doorways or under carpets.
  • Be aware of overheating - in outlets, appliances, switches, and wiring. If you feel any of these components getting warm, unplug everything and call and electrician.
Be sure to explore the National Fire Protection Association's safety site for much more valuable information. We here at Bulb Direct are always available to answer any of your questions as well, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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