Reduce the Risk of Electrical Fires in the Home - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Reduce the Risk of Electrical Fires in the Home

Posted: Updated:

WAKE UP NORTHWEST- It's National Fire Prevention Week and we caught up with Sample Electric in Yakima to learn about electrical safety in the home and how we can reduce the risk of electric fires

An electric fire is a fire involving some type of electric failure or malfunction in the home. The latest information from the National Fire Protection Association says U.S. Fire Departments responded to an annual average of 47,000 home fires involving electrical failure. 

So what can we do in our homes to reduce that risk? Mark Sample, owner of Sample Electric tells us paying attention to the electrical cords can make a difference. 

"People can trip on them, they can be hanging out of the outlet part of the wall and then the connection becomes very loose. When the connection is loose, then there can be a possibility of a fire in that location. So loose connections are usually the beginning spot of a fire," said Sample.  

He also suggests you minimize your use of power strips as much as possible, trying instead to limit the use of each outlet to the 2 plugs it provides. Also, while electrical tape can be used to provide temporary protection against exposed wiring, it shouldn't be used as a permanent solution.
 

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Yakima NewsYakima News TodayMore>>

  • Military vehicle drives off cliff, four injured

    Military vehicle drives off cliff, four injured

    Saturday, September 22 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-09-23 02:54:39 GMT
    A Wapato resident reported a theft of a pickup to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.  The pickup had been equipped with a GPS locator.  The owner of the pickup was able to use a computer program to track the location of the pickup.  The pickup was firstA Wapato resident reported a theft of a pickup to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office. The pickup had been equipped with a GPS locator. The owner of the pickup was able to use a computer program to track the location of the pickup. The pickup was first
    KITTITAS COUNTY, WA-  A military exercise early Saturday morning sent four men to the hospital after their Stryker went over a 25 foot cliff.  Washington State Patrol said the military vehicle was headed along the south side of I-90 around 4:30 a.m. on a dirt road. The driver, 22-year-old Chance Kennen, didn't see the cliff up ahead and ended up going over. The Stryker landed on its front, facing the ground with its wheels against the cliff. Kennen was taken Harb...More >>
    KITTITAS COUNTY, WA-  A military exercise early Saturday morning sent four men to the hospital after their Stryker went over a 25 foot cliff.  Washington State Patrol said the military vehicle was headed along the south side of I-90 around 4:30 a.m. on a dirt road. The driver, 22-year-old Chance Kennen, didn't see the cliff up ahead and ended up going over. The Stryker landed on its front, facing the ground with its wheels against the cliff. Kennen was taken Harb...More >>
  • SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 9-21-18

    Saturday, September 22 2018 1:53 AM EDT2018-09-22 05:53:18 GMT

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-21-18

    More >>

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-21-18

    More >>
  • Smart house at the Central Washington State Fair

    Smart house at the Central Washington State Fair

    Friday, September 21 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-09-22 01:28:25 GMT

    If don't have any plans for the weekend yet, there's no need to worry, the Central Washington State Fair has started. 

    More >>

    If don't have any plans for the weekend yet, there's no need to worry, the Central Washington State Fair has started. 

    More >>