Damaged cord? Don’t plug it in! If you notice that a power cord is loose, cracked or frayed – then you should have it repaired before plugging it in. Be wise and read the directions for new appliances, take note of any warnings or directions that could help prevent an electrical malfunction. Check for signs that may indicate that an appliance is overheating or that there is a problem with an electrical socket:
Any discoloration, or burn marks around the socket, or switch.
Does the cord feel hot to the touch, or the appliance itself (in areas where it should be cool).
Is there a burning smell when an item is plugged in or in use
Are there any electrical sparks when you plug in a deviceY
Do you feel any electricity when plugging in the cord?
If you ever notice one these signs, stop using the outlet or device in question and contact an electrician right away.
These are just some of the steps you can take to help prevent electrical fires in your home.
Even with all this effort, fires can start in homes and our goal is to keep you safe. So have your evacuation plan ready and visible, have your home get one of our free home safety checks, and be safe!