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Pull the Plug on Electrical Fires

Electrical fires rank third highest in direct property damage, averaging more than $575 million a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In addition, they cause about 1,500 injuries and 340 deaths annually.

The key to preventing an electrical fire is maintenance - inspecting your property regularly for hazards such as overloaded electrical circuits, frayed or cracked cords, improperly installed outlets and loose connections.

Other safety tips include:

  • Avoid placing computers or other electronic equipment in cabinets without ample airflow
  • Don't overload outlets - use a power strip with its own circuit breaker
  • Keep space heaters, hot lamps, and other heat-producing items away from walls, curtains and furniture
  • Do not cover extension cords with rugs or curtains
  • Make sure that light bulbs are the correct wattage for fixtures

For further information on insuring your home against electrical fires, call your agent at Avery Insurance at (603) 569-2515; (800) 759-7579.