Many of us are spending long hours indoors because of wintry weather and frigid temperatures. We may be running the appliances more than usual as we catch up on household chores, flipping the lights on and off throughout the day, and plugging in the power tools to finally complete that home improvement project. While we’re at it, let’s add “checking around the house for electrical hazards” to our to-do list.
According to NFPA’s Home Electrical Fires report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011.
NFPA and the United States Fire Administration have teamed up to promote electrical safety as part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign. NFPA’s Home Electrical Fires Fact Sheet, resources for a community electrical safety campaign, electrical safety PSA, and safety tip sheets on electricity, outdoor electrical safety, CFL Light bulbs, and clothes dryers provide information on using electricity safely and what to do if problems occur.