October is National Fire Prevention Month! Are you Ready?
Monday, October 1st, 2012 marks the beginning of National Fire Prevention Month. We’ve gathered some facts and information to help you prepare for the winter season and ensure that your home is safe.
According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) “In 2010, electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in an estimated 46,500 home structure fires resulting in 420 deaths, 1,520 injuries and $1.5 billion in property damage.” NY’s Red Cross estimates that “half (49%) of home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment.”
- Fire,Smoke, and CO Detectors and Alarms (Kidde)
- Batteries (Rayovac)
- Arc Flash Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) and Ground Fault Circuit Interupters (GFCI) (Eaton-Cutler Hammer)
- Properly listed and rated extension cords and cord connectors (Coleman Cable)
- Unplug cords before inspection: check for loose, frayed, or worn cords. Check for nicks in the insulation.
- Fuses and Surge Protection (Mersen-Ferraz)
- Use the correctly sized fuse for the application. Never by-pass fuse protection with un-fused metal objects!
- If a fuse blows (or a breaker trips), find out why! Remove excess appliances / loads from circuits.
- Full Home Surge Protection (Intermatic)
- Fire Barrier Sealants, Devices and Flexible Duct Wrap (3M)
- Products are designed to help protect buildings from the spread of fire, smoke and noxious gas.
These are just some suggestions. If you’d like to learn more please contact a City Electric Sales Rep to find out how we can help with custom solutions. Browse through our featured products page to see some of the products we carry that can help, too!
Take a look at the NFPA Electrical Safety Sheet for more tips: NFPA Electrical Safety Tips