We may be approaching the fall, but within a few short months it will be
over and winter will have officially arrived. After the kids go back to
school and their winter break starts to approach, it’s important
to realize that in the winter, people spend more time indoors and that
means they use more electricity.
December through March, not only are we inside more, but we’re using
more electricity to run our heaters, to watch TV, to plug in our space
heaters, to use our stoves and ovens, to use our kitchen appliances, and
so on. From December through January 1st, we’re using a lot more
electricity during the holidays to light up our homes from the outside in.
Hidden Dangers in Electricity
Electricity is all around us – we use it non-stop at home and at
work. The problem is that we depend on it so heavily, a lot of us forget
how dangerous it can be. Electricity is one of the biggest hidden dangers that threaten us all.
In fact, most people forget all about the risk of electrical fires and
how it’s a looming threat 24 hours a day, but especially during
the winter months when we use more power than usual.
In an effort to keep you, your family, and your community safe, please
read the following tips on what to do
in case of an electrical fire, and why water is not the solution! Share these tips with your friends
and family – you could save a life!
What to do if there is an electrical fire (water not included):
- If you know what device is causing the electrical fire and you can safely
reach the cord, unplug it right away.
- If the fire is still small, you can smother it with baking soda powder.
- Another way to put out a small electrical fire is to cut off its oxygen
source by covering it with clothing or a heavy blanket. It’s not
safe to do this if the fire is big and out of control.
- DO NOT USE WATER to put the electrical fire out. Why? Because, water is
a conductor of electricity and if you throw a bucket of water on an electrical
fire, you can be electrocuted. What’s more, water can actually cause
the fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room, especially
if there are flammable materials, such as curtains or a fabric couch in the room.
- Do you have a fire extinguisher that is appropriate for an electrical fire,
which is a Class C fire? Residential fire extinguishers are usually multi-purpose
and labeled ABC, but make sure you verify this before using it on an electrical fire.
“What if the fire is too big, or I am not able to put it out with
one of the above methods?” In that case, GET OUT of the building
and have everyone else in the home leave as well. This is not the time
to be a hero. As you leave, close the door so the fire can stay contained
and call 911 once you are a safe distance away from the home. Do not try
to go back into your home until the firefighters say it’s safe to do so.
Electrical Safety for Kids
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