I love electricity. Without it, we wouldn't have Electric Avenue, The Electric Company, the Electric Slide, or Electric Light Orchestra. But as awesome as electricity is, it also causes approximately 53,600 home fires every year.
That statistic comes from the Electrical Safety Foundation (ESFi), sponsor of Electrical Safety Month and author of some great educational materials about the electrical hazards in your home. As an owner of a home built in 1947, their PDF, Know the Dangers in Your Older Home, caught my eye. Since the U.S. Census bureau says that half of all homes in this country were built before 1973, others may be interested in this information as well.
Why is electrical safety important in older homes? Think of all of the things you plug in today that weren't around when your house was built: garage door openers, electric coffee makers, TVs, DVRs and computers, to name a few.
Here's a short checklist from ESFi to help you identify potential problems in your home:
As awesome as electricity is, it also causes approximately 53,600 home fires every year.
Please don't become a statistic! Check your home for electrical safety today.
Information from the Electrical Safety Foundation International website at www.electrical-safety.org.
Noelle is a social media specialist for Foremost and a safety expert, which is perfect since she works for an insurance company! She's always looking for new ways to safeguard her home, make sure her motorcycle helmet is as protective as possible and passionately communicate how dangerous texting and driving really is. She's always up for sharing usable tips to help others be safety crazy too. But, maybe not quite as crazy as her.