How to Prevent House Fires

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland

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Did you know that May is Electrical Safety Month?

Many household fires can easily be prevented. RISMedia has provided a few tips to ensure that your home is protected that I thought should be passed along:

  • Pay Attention: Flickering lights, buzzing noises, and faceplates that are warm to the touch are all signs that a circuit may be overloaded or wiring may be wearing thin. Each one of those signs is cause for immediate attention from a licensed professional electrician.
  • Listen to Your Breaker: If you are continually tripping a switch and having to reset your breaker box, your house is trying to tell you something. There may be a fixture with faulty wiring or too high an electrical load on the breaker. Again, seek professional help.
  • Review and Replace: Frayed electrical cords, wobbly ceiling fans, and loose faceplates are more than mere annoyances. You should routinely inspect your home and replace or repair items in need of attention.
  • Safety First: Even the best preparation and newest equipment is not a guaranteed protection against fire. Working smoke detectors on all levels of your home is an absolute must. Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher and you know the proper way to use it.

Make sure you pass this information along! Together we can help prevent house fires!

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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Good ideas.  And, we never want to encounter what a friend of mine recently did...with a very small house fire. 

May is also Pet Month and Senior Month.  I am going to try to focus on those for the rest of the month.

May 09, 2011 04:55 PM #1
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I had no idea that May is electrical safety month. I have been hearing in the news of too many house fires b/c of this. Great tips! (My dad was a fireman for many years and with a little prevention we can save a lot of lives!)

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Cindy Cranston
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Great advice and Great reminders. I am emailing my data base to remind them MAY is electric safety month. Thanks for the tips!

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Oh, you mean I should be concerned that we can't run the dishwasher, microwave and toaster all at the same time without flipping the switch?!  Your advice hit close to home today....thanks!  :-)

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