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Reduce the Risk of Electrical Fires in the Home

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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.