An average of 51,000 electrical home structure fires occur each year, claiming almost 500 lives, injuring more than 1,400 people, and causing more than $1.3 billion in property damage. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that nearly 400 people are electrocuted in the U.S. each year.
Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and adhering to safe practices. The best way to protect your family and your home against the risk of electrical fires or electrocution is to hire a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home.
Follow the links below to learn more about how you can be safe around electricity:
Sources: Electrical Safety Foundation International, National Fire Protection Association
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