Summer days are winding down. Soon, students will return to school, and technology usage will soar. Powering multiple devices without proper care can increase fire risks in a home. Avoid danger. Keep these electrical fire safety tips in mind as you and your loved ones operate and charge laptops, smartphones, and other digital equipment for work and school this year.
How to Prevent a Desktop, Laptop, or Smart Phone Fire
Only use the charging cord that came with the device, and avoid cords with conductive jackets.
Discontinue use if the device or charger becomes excessively hot or emits a burning smell.
Make sure electrical cables and wires are in good condition. Discard frayed or damaged cords.
Unplug devices when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire.
Ensure that the plug is fully inserted into the outlet and remains that way while in use
Signs of an Electrical Problem in the Home
Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
Discolored or warm wall outlets.
Flickering or dimming lights.
Sparks from an outlet.
A plug no longer stays plugged into an outlet on its own.
Computers and digital technology are part of everyday life for many of us, but it's important to operate the equipment properly. Routinely review these electrical fire safety tips, and share them with your family and friends to maximize your fire prevention.
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Eureka Fire Protection District is an EMS, Fire, and Rescue service provider located in Eureka, Missouri. Staffed with nearly one hundred volunteer and career Paramedics, EMTs, Firefighters, Junior Firefighters, and administrative teams, the department provides its local community with fire prevention, education, safety resources, and emergency relief. Eureka Fire Protection District maintains a reputation as a well-run, high-performing fire department by keeping up to date with the latest in life-saving training and technology.