Although it’s not something that’s talked a lot about, electricity causes thousands of deaths and fires each year. There are more safety measures to prevent property damages or electrocutions from occurring than in decades past, so many people feel more comfortable around electricity and take risks they shouldn’t. May is National Electrical Safety Month, which is designed to bring about awareness of electrical hazards.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 53,000 home fires occur each year because of an electricity malfunction. Also, about 400 deaths are caused when people are electrocuted by consumer products. However, this doesn’t have to happen. Here are some safety tips to prevent electrical accidents:

  • Don’t plug in too many plugs in one outlet. This could cause a short, which may lead to a fire.
  • Keep smoke alarms on every floor of your home, and also in every bedroom.
  • Don’t play with light sockets, outlets or electrical cords. If you have young children, use child safety plugs in outlets.
  • If you need to unplug an appliance, don’t yank on the cord – hold on to the plug instead.
  • Don’t leave extension cords plugged in outside, particularly older cords.
  • Make a family plan for what to do in the event of a fire.
  • Don’t allow your children to play near an electrical substation.
  • Keep electrical items away from water.

Have you or a loved one been injured by a defective electrical appliance or an electrical problem in your home? If so, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 today.