|Electrical Fire Safety|
|By PIO / Fire Prevention Officer Scot Best|
|November 8, 2021|
Electricity helps make our lives easier but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted. Lighting to improve the look and safety of our homes, electric tools to make our outdoor work easier, and power lines to our home, all need to be handled with care. When working with, and using, electricity, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
• In 2014-2018, electrical distribution or lighting equipment, such as wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs, was involved in an estimated average of roughly 34,000 (10%) reported home structure fires per year. These incidents caused an average of 470 (18%) civilian deaths, 1,100 civilian injuries (10%), and $1.4 billion (19%) in direct property damage annually.
The Ridge VFD works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards, the importance of electrical fire safety, and the safety of electrical workers, particularly in this time of year when lighted decorations are more prevalent. Provided are some electrical fire safety messages for your consideration.
For more electrical fire safety information, visit the NFPA at www.nfpa.org/electricalsafety