Electrical Safety: Fire Hazard Highlights

Fire Hazard with Loose Connection in Outlet

Electrical Safety: Fire Hazard Highlights

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety and fire prevention tips and information with a special focus on electrical hazards that may be present in the home and what you can do to reduce the chance of electrical fires. Tips include proper placement and usage of extension cords and power strips, proper use of outlets, to prevent overload. Also mentioned are specific electrical hazards to look out for that could directly lead to electrical fires. Also mentioned are what NOT to do with “smart” devices to avoid overheating and fires. Electrical fire statistics conclude the information shared. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart with your electrical usage and keep an eye out for electrical hazards that can lead to fire! 

Special Thanks to Cambridgema.gov and to State Fire Marshal, Peter J. Ostroskey for the article, May Is Electrical Safety Month. 

Electrical Safety: Device Directives

Electrical Safety: Device Directives

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares a cautionary, electrical safety word with a special focus on smart devices and their potential electrical shock hazards when used improperly and what you can do to protect yourself. Provided are recent electrical accident examples that have occurred recently, explaining the context of why each person was shocked and what could have prevented the accidents. Also provided are electrical safety and shock prevention tips, such as where to keep electrical devices, the protection provided by GFCIs, and proper use of extension cords. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart when using smart devices in your home or wherever you are to help prevent electric shock! 

Special Thanks to Consumerreports.org and to Allen St. John for the article, Avoid Electrical Hazards with Your Devices. 

Electrical Safety: College Cautions in the Dorm

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Electrical Safety: College Cautions in the Dorm

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical and fire safety tips with a special focus on college students and their dorm rooms and ways they can help prevent electrical hazards in their college space. Tips include proper purchase, placement, use and maintenance of extension cords, power strips, appliances, outlets and other electrical equipment to help prevent electrical shock and electrical fires due to overheating and damage. Being aware of what can cause an electrical shock or electrical fire in their dorm rooms will help them make wiser choices with how they handle electrical equipment in their space and stay safe and students. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart, Students, as you head back to your learning environment and hang out with your roommates and friends! Good Luck from Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC! 

Special Thanks to BooneCountryConnection.com and to Cuivre River Electric Cooperative for the article, Cuivre River Urges College Students To Be Safe with Electricity. 

Electrical Safety: When You Travel

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Electrical Safety: When You Travel

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on travel and implementing electrical safety practices wherever you are. 

When we travel, we often stay overnight in hotel/motel rooms, and we may forget that electrical safety is just as important when we are away from home as it is when we are in our usual residence. 

When we travel, we often bring a lot of devices with us, like phones and chargers, iPads and laptops and other electrical items such as blow dryers, flat irons and the like. We need to be aware of the proper place each of these items should have where we stay overnight. 

Remember to store electrical items away from combustibles such as bedding, pillows, towels, washcloths and clothing, especially when unpacking from a trip. 

Remember to keep your hand on the plug of an electrical appliance rather than pulling on the electrical cord when inserting it into an outlet, and don’t overload the outlet with too many devices. 

Don’t leave laptops, iPads or cell phones on the bed or on a piece of furniture in your hotel room since this can cause overheating and lead to fire. 

You may want to review the fire escape plan for your hotel/motel so you know where to go in case of a fire. 

With extra caution and awareness of your electrical usage, you will have a safer stay wherever you travel. Relax and enjoy!

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart when you are away from home!

Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC 

Electrical Safety: An Office Overview

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Electrical Safety: An Office Overview

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on the OFFICE and how we can help prevent electrical fires and electric shock from occurring where we work. 

Offices are full of electrical equipment, from printers and scanners to chargers for our cell phones and computers and calculators, oh my! We are always in need of electrical outlets for all of our office-related devices that keep our day orderly and efficient. 

But do we pay special attention to how many places we have to plug in versus how much we are plugging in? Are we using too many power strips? Are we paying attention to how much power we need versus how much we have? Are we using extension cords for longer use than they are created for? 

It may be time to do a bit of an Office Overview and see if your electrical usage shows a hazardous trend or if you’re right on target with electrical safety.

Are your devices on the verge of overload? Is the equipment outdated and not best for its current use? Are electrical wires placed properly, out of foot traffic and out from under objects that could damage electrical cords? 

If you find your current electrical situation lacking, it may be time to get an outlet or two added by a licensed electrician to help prevent fires due to overload of what you presently have in your office. Or you may just need to do some re-arranging to make space for what is essential and remove what you don’t need.

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart by keeping the electrical condition of your office in tip-top shape to help prevent fires! 

Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC 

Electrical Safety: Where To Plug It In

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Electrical Safety: Where To Plug It In

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on where to plug in your electrical goods. 

We plug things in without thinking about it, don’t we? Whether it’s an appliance, a lamp, a phone charger or some other electrical product, how we use them and where we plug them in can make the difference between pure benefit and an electrical hazard. 

This can especially be true when we purchase something new that needs to be plugged in. Where will it go? Sometimes when we go to place a new good where we want it, we may find that we don’t have enough space in the closest outlet or we may want to plug it into a strip. 

But is it safe?

The safest way to know if your choice of where to put it will work is by matching up the power the item will pull in comparison to the place it will be plugged in. 

Appliances should always be plugged in directly to an outlet. They pull too much power for any other scenario to work safely. 

Don’t always assume that a power strip will work; always check to be sure what you want to plug in will not overload the strip with any other electrical devices that are already in place. 

And remember, extension cords are always for temporary use, never to be used with appliances, and can create a fire hazard if overloaded. 

Where will you plug in your electrical goods? Keep fire prevention in mind, check your power source and match it with your electrical item. Taking proactive steps to stay the safest in your home. 

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart with your use of electrical goods and where you plug them in!

Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC 

Electrical Safety: Home Fire Facts

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Electrical Safety: Home Fire Facts

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety and fire prevention tips with a special focus on fires in the home and ways you can help prevent them. Tips include statistics with fires and what causes them. Also mentioned are “hot spots” in the home, plus cautions in the kitchen, with heat-inducing appliances, electronics, plus potential fire hazards and how you can avoid them with proper use and instruction. Awareness of where fires can start in your home and how you can take preventative action can make all the difference in your home’s and your safety. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner to help prevent fires! 

Special Thanks to Safewise.com and to Caroline Maurer for the article, The Most Common Places That Fires Occur in the Home. 

Electrical Safety: A Swim Plan for Pools

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Electrical Safety: A Swim Plan for Pools

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares an electrical safety informational word with a special focus on staying safe in swimming pools this summer and how to avoid electrical hazards in the water. Tips include what to look for when entering a public pool area that is electrical and how parents can stay aware of such hazards when they bring their children to swim. Tips also include what to do if you’re in the pool and feel electrical current in the pool and what NOT to do to avoid direct electrical shock that can be fatal. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart when swimming at public pools!

Special Thanks to Video.FoxNews.com and to Dr. Marc Siegel for the informational video, 5 Minutes to Live: Swimming Pool Electrical Shocks. 

Electrical Safety: Fire Prevention for the Home

 

Fire Hazard with Loose Connection in Outlet

Fire Hazard with Loose Connection in Outlet

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a focus on fire prevention in the home. Included are electrical fire and fatality statistic from ESFI.org and a list of electrical hazards that may be present in your home that require repair to help prevent the possibility of fire. Also included are the importance and placement of smoke detectors, proper use of outlets and tips for kid safety. As homeowners, we can make a difference in the safety of our homes by taking the necessary steps to help prevent fires and even death with our home’s electrical system and our use of electricity. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as homeowners!

Special Thanks to Nashville.com and to ESFI.org for the article, Don’t Let the Electrical System in your Nashville home cause fire damage. 

Electrical Safety: For College Students

 

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips for college students especially in their dorm rooms so they know what could potentially be an electrical hazard and to avoid certain issues with electrical equipment. Included are tips concerning the proper use and placement of extension cords, power strips, appliances and electronics, all with the purpose of preventing electrical shock and electrical fires. Be sure your college student is ready and in full knowledge of what is electrically safe so they are ready for college and can eliminate hazards before they start! 

Special Thanks to SafeElectricity.org for the article, Teach Students About Electrical Safety Before They Head to College.