6/21/2012 - More than 10 percent of home fires are electrical
A new study indicates that a considerable number of residential fires in 2010 resulted from electrical failures and malfunctions.
According to the National Fire Protection Association's "Home Electrical Fires Report," approximately 46,500 home structure fires in 2010 were electrical in nature, accounting for 13% of home fires, 420 deaths, 1,520 injuries and $1.5 billion in property damage and homeowners insurance
Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications at NFPA, said families could reduce their risk for these types of fires through the proper plan.
"The risk of electrical fire may not always be on your mind, but it probably should be," said Carli. "There are actions that can be taken to eliminate electrical hazards in your household and safety guidelines that can be followed to reduce the chances of having a home electrical fire."
To reduce that risk, NFPA says homeowners should replace damaged or loose electrical cords as soon as they spot them, avoid running extension cords under doorways and carpets and make sure receptacles are tamper-resistant, especially if there are young children home.