Here are some simple electrical tips that you can to improve your electrical system and minimize the risk of an electrical fire.

  1. Be careful not to overload any one circuit. Be aware of how much power your appliances and electronics need and carefully spread the demand around to avoid overloading.
  2. Unplug any unused electronics when not in use for an extended period of time. Even when they are turned off, they are still using power. This includes televisions, cell phone chargers, coffee pot, microwave, game systems, DVD players, etc.
  3. Check all of your appliances, furnace and air conditioning unit to make sure that they are in good working order. When they become old or damaged they can use more power than new or well maintained systems. Change the filters in your air conditioner and furnace at least every 30-60 days when in use. Clogged or dirty filters will cause your system to be overloaded and eventually breakdown. The dryer vent should be checked for any clogs as well.
  4. Install a whole house surge protector in every panel of your home to protect your electrical system in case of a lightning strike. There are also phone and      cable surge protectors that should be installed throughout your home. All      computers, televisions, sound systems and any other major electronics should be plugged into surge strips as well. A surge protector is inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of replacing your electronics because a lightning strike.
  5. Any time you are doing any work on your electrical system; make sure that your electrical panel is locked out to avoid having someone flipping the circuit back on, causing accidental electrocution. There are many different types of electrical lockout products available to keep you safe.
  6. Keeping up with product recalls could save you a lot of money and grief. Here are a few of websites that stay up-to-date:

www.cpsc.gov 

www.saferproducts.gov

http://www.recalls.gov/