Cuba Fire Department Inc

May is National Electrical Safety Month


Monday, May 1, 2017 May is National Electrical Safety Month!

According to recent NFPA reports, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 45,210 residential structure fires caused by electrical problems each year. This number is in addition to the number of commercial fires caused by similar electrical hazards.

Unfortunately, such fires have cause around 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage annually.

*Limit excessive extension cord use and inspect all cords for breaks in insulation or signs of electrical burn exposure. 
*Only use appliances and associated cords that are within power current regulation limits. 
*Only use light bulbs that are within the fixture's approved wattage rating. 
*Do not attempt to drag or cut wires from a downed power line. Stay at least 30 feet from the line and telephone 911. 
*Do not attempt to put water on a fire caused by power lines. Stay away from the fire and telephone 911. Professional utility company personnel can turn off power to the line and fire department personnel can then safely extinguish any associated fires. 
*Never swim near a marina or boat while it's running. Faulty wiring or the use of damaged cords or other devices can cause the surrounding water to become energized.