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Focusing on Electrical Fire Hazards in Fishkill Homes

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

A multi family apartment building burned and gutted from an electrical fire. Knowing and preventing electrical fire hazards can be lifesaving information!

During Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 7-13, 2021, the American Burn Association has put out informative tips hat can help avoid electrical fires in your Dutchess a county home or business.

Share this helpful and potentially life-saving information with your family and colleagues!

-Never plug major appliances into extension cords or power strips, plug them directly into an outlet.

-Always check cords for frayed or bare wires, cracks and loose connections. A lot of times these wires can be under furniture or carpeting. Never use them if they’re frayed.

-Extension cords are rated for their specific use, don’t use an indoor extension cord outdoors and vice versa.

-If you have a generator, have an electrician install a transfer switch to plug the generator into. Don’t use a household outlet for a generator.

-HVAC and clothes dryer units should be checked yearly for peak performance and to spot any electrical issues or potential fire hazards.

-Routine electrical maintenance should include looking for frayed cords, damaged wires and insulation and broken plugs.

-Never have extension cords running under carpeting or rugs.

-Unusually warm outlets and switches can be an indicator of unsafe wiring. Stop using them and call an electrician.

Property fires can start from various problems, electrical fires can be complicated and highly dangerous as the could be inside walls or under flooring. Take extra precautions with any electrical project or potential issue and always hire a professional electrician. 

If your home or business suffers any kind of fire, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to help 24/7 with our team of highly experienced fire damage restoration professionals. We’ll help make it "Like it never even happened."

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