Electrical Conservation & Safety

Energy conservation and electrical safety education is very important.  Understanding how much energy you use can help a person better understand how to conserve it.  Besides conserving energy, a person should understand the hazards related to it.  Electricity can be very dangerous so when using it beware of the fire risks involved and use caution.  Read below for more information:

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Once you have a better understanding of energy you can calculate how much you use.  For tips on energy conservation visit:

http://www.nrdc.org/air/energy/genergy.asp

A person also needs to be aware of the dangers of electricity.  Here are some facts about home electrical fires according to the U.S. Fire Administration website:

  • U.S. fire departments respond each year to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires. These fires cause an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss.
  • Home electrical fires result in greater dollar loss per fire than nonelectrical fires.
  • In 79 percent of home electrical fires, the fire spreads beyond the object where the fire starts.
  • Most home electrical fires involve electrical distribution, lighting or power transfer equipment.
  • Thirty-nine percent of home electrical fires involve outlets and receptacles, electrical branch circuits, and other electrical wiring.

To download electrical fire safety handouts or to obtain more information please visit:

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/electrical.html